News Archive

Links to news articles, blogs and other information related to geography, GIS and more.

  • SCG in the News

    Posted: March 13, 2014

    The Southside Stand covered our recent event at the Palace Theater. You can read the whole article here!

  • Why Gentrification Is So Hard to Stop

    Posted: February 19, 2014

    A very brief history and critique of gentrification, neo-liberalism, and the changing landscape of urban environments written for The Atlantic. Interested parties should check out the full article here.

  • Public Participation in Urban Projects

    Posted: February 13, 2014

    In Rotterdam, Netherlands, the city government has been funding resident supported projects that are defining the city’s landscape. Each year, the government gives between 2-4 million euros to a project as part of its City Initiative. The funded project this year was a public ice-skating rink, however bids for next years funds include a plan to turn food waste into biogas and electricity and another to provide job opportunities for disadvantaged youth. Read about the … Read more

  • Op-Ed: How to Grow San Diego’s Food Security from the Grassroots

    Posted: February 11, 2014

    An interesting piece about a group of refugees turned urban farmers. The Bahati Mamas grow organic produce in their San Diego community farm and distribute it to farmers markets and restaurants in the area. Their goal is not to turn a profit, rather the group wants to improve food access in their neighborhood, which has about half the amount of grocery stores needed to serve its population. Read more about the group and their goals … Read more

  • Why Houston Is Changing Its Alcohol-Sales Law to Help Food Deserts

    Posted: January 13, 2014

    The city of Houston, TX recently changed its alcohol sale law to allow liquor to be sales within 300 ft of churches, public schools, and hospitals, in an effort to help solve its food desert problem. This change will apply exclusively to supermarkets, keeping bars and liquor stores away from those facilities. Check out some Houston food desert maps and read more about this story here.

    For a map of Syracuse, NY Food Deserts Read more

  • Census Bureau Introduces New Interactive Mapping Tool along with Latest American Community Survey Statistics

    Posted: December 18, 2013

    Today, the Census Bureau launched an online tool which allows users to map social, economic, and housing characteristics at the state, county and census tract level for each US state. It features data from the 1990 and 2000 Censuses and the 2008-2012 American Community Survey. See what you can map in this press release, or check out the tool for yourself here. 

    Note: Updated 5-year ACS estimates (2008-2012) were also released today.

  • Think About Your Urban Trees Before Planting Them, Research Says

    Posted: December 6, 2013

    Several recent studies have been done to check the impact of planting trees in urban environments. We here at Syracuse Community Geography conducted this study of urban forestry efforts in Syracuse last year as well.

    This article examines multiple studies conclusions on urban forestry and tree cover, analyzing what the best and most cost efficient practices are when it comes to planting trees in an urban environment. Check it out here