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  1. The New Bohemia as Urban Institution

    Bohemia, the colorful intersection of place, lifestyle, and artistic imagination, is rooted in the urban revolutions of 19th century Paris, and has proven to be a durable and transposable tradition of modernity in the nearly two centuries since. We have ideas about what living like an artist in the city should look like, and these in turn continue to powerfully shape what it does look like, culturally and materially. This cultural continuity today interacts with the structural transformation of the US economy and of American cities.

  2. Designing for and against Symbolic Boundaries

    Urban design is the physical realization of the collective imagination of the city and more importantly, what the city should be. To oversimplify, urban designs have gone through three phases that largely mirror economic shifts in the broader economy. We have seen urban design transition from the desire to organize the chaotic city, to the architecture of fear and suburbanization in the declining and segregated city, to today's design and placemaking, which mirrors the financialization of the city and the rise of the service economy.

  3. Urban Design in a New Age of Immigration

    Urban planners and designers have a significant role to play in addressing the needs of immigrants. The tools of urban planning—plans, designs, policies, regulations, financing strategies, and participatory methods that support them—have the potential to promote, sustain, or undermine the requirements of a diverse and multicultural city. Attempts to use urban planning and design to support immigrant neighborhoods are challenged by a lack of comprehensive federal immigration reform and the increasing significance of legal status in immigrant lives and communities.

  4. Book Review: When Did We All Become Middle Class?

    When Did We All Become Middle Class? is one of a number of recent books aimed primarily at a public audience that examines questions of class in America. In contrast to the extremely popular Honky (Conley 2000) and Hillbilly Elegy (Vance 2016), which take a mixed autobiographical and ethnographic approach to the topic, Nunlee approaches class in America from a removed, historical, conceptual perspective.
  5. Race-Ethnicity, Poverty, Urban Stressors, and Telomere Length in a Detroit Community-based Sample

    Residents of distressed urban areas suffer early aging-related disease and excess mortality. Using a community-based participatory research approach in a collaboration between social researchers and cellular biologists, we collected a unique data set of 239 black, white, or Mexican adults from a stratified, multistage probability sample of three Detroit neighborhoods. We drew venous blood and measured telomere length (TL), an indicator of stress-mediated biological aging, linking respondents’ TL to their community survey responses.

  6. Hurricane Party

    On Saturday evening, August 26th, Hurricane Harvey was bearing down on the Texas Gulf Coast. Houston had been hunkered down for more than 24 hours, but only mild rain and wind had come.
  7. The Global City versus the City of Neighborhoods: Spatial Practice, Cognitive Maps, and the Aesthetics of Urban Conflict

    Political-economy, which conceptualizes space as a resource over which different groups struggle, has long been the dominant perspective in the study of urban conflict. However space is also a cultural object from which actors derive particular meanings. In order to understand how meaningful interpretations of space give rise to urban conflict, this paper examines the architectural expansions of two Toronto museums.

  8. Estimating Moderated Causal Effects with Time-varying Treatments and Time-varying Moderators: Structural Nested Mean Models and Regression with Residuals

    Individuals differ in how they respond to a particular treatment or exposure, and social scientists are often interested in understanding how treatment effects are moderated by observed characteristics of individuals. Effect moderation occurs when individual covariates dampen or amplify the effect of some exposure. This article focuses on estimating moderated causal effects in longitudinal settings in which both the treatment and effect moderator vary over time.
  9. Climate Misinformation Campaigns and Public Sociology

    Contexts, Volume 16, Issue 1, Page 78-79, Winter 2016.
  10. Same Trailer, Different Park

    The transience of community in a mobile home park.