Elliott Gwynn

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We knew housing vouchers worked-- we just didn't know how well

A major new HUD study has found that housing vouchers are overwhelmingly the most effective program for reducing homelessness. But that’s not news …

The Troublesome Connection Between City Trees and Income Inequality

A new study finds a strong correlation between income level and canopy cover. But the solution involves more than just planting additional trees.<p>By now, researchers have well established the benefits of trees in urban neighborhoods. Trees are correlated with better health outcomes. They mitigate …

Chicago Public Library Named Nation's Best Urban Public Library System In New Study

A new study from a German university has ranked the world's top urban public library systems, rendering some surprising results.<p>Coming out on top among U.S. library systems in the study from the Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf's information science department was the Chicago Public Library …

Urban violence in Africa, Asia and Latin America to form focus of $11m study

Urban violence in 40 cities in sub-Saharan Africa, south Asia, and Latin America will be investigated as part of an ambitious Canadian-British funded research project. The initiative will seek to understand the complex causes of urban violence and find practical solutions.<p>The $11m (£6.7m) Safe and …

Urban poor aging faster at cellular level - study

New blood tests show that poor populations in urban areas of the United States are actually aging faster at the cellular level than others, thanks to …

Chicago area's economic recovery lags other urban areas, study finds

Metro Chicago's economic recovery is weaker than in most major urban areas worldwide, held back by slow employment growth, according to a Brookings Institution report.<p>Assessing annual growth in GDP per person and in employment levels from 2013 to 2014, the think tank ranked the 14-county Chicago …

Vandals target Confederate monuments, paint post-Ferguson slogan in graffiti in 6 states

Vandals have targeted monuments dedicated to the leaders and soldiers of the Confederacy, painting the slogan "Black lives matter" on memorials in a half-dozen states where the landmarks stand tall in parks and outside government buildings.<p>The graffiti reflects the racial tension that permeates …

Humans may be causing some animals to grow bigger brains

Science News<p>Humans may be responsible for a jump in brain growth among mice and some other small mammals living around us in both urban and rural settings, a new study finds.<p>Small mammals that either produce a lot of babies or eat a lot of bugs exhibited the greatest cranial capacity (i.e. brain …