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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Step It Up: The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities

Categories: Athletics/Exercise,Consumer Info/Protection,Health/Medical,Urban Issues

Urges Americans to get moving to improve their health and American communities to provide better opportunities for walking and other forms of physical exercise. From the Office of the Surgeon General, Department of Health and Human Services


Who Drives to Work? Commuting by Automobile in the United States: 2013

Categories: Headlines,Labor/Employment,Population/Census,Statistics,Transportation,Urban Issues

Focuses on patterns of commuting by private vehicle among U.S. workers in 2013.  Highlights differences in rates of automobile commuting by key population characteristics such as age, race, ethnicity, and the types of residential communities.  From the Census Bureau


Deaths from Unintentional Injury Among Adults Aged 65 and Over: United States, 2000-2013

Categories: Elderly,Health/Medical,Statistics,Urban Issues

Describes trends in unintentional injury deaths among the elderly, highlighting differences by age, race, ethnicity, and urbanization for the five leading causes of injury death.  From the National Center for Health Statistics


Police Reform and Accountability Accomplishments

Categories: African Americans,Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Urban Issues

Lists accomplishments related to police reform by the Justice Department during the Obama Administration.  Cites 22 investigations and the enforcement of 16 agreements including 10 consent decrees.  From the Justice Department


Justice Department Opens Pattern or Practice Investigation into the Baltimore Police Department

Categories: African Americans,Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Headlines,Urban Issues

Press release announcing Attorney General Lynch’s decision to investigate the Baltimore Police Department’s use of force and its stops, searches and arrests to determine whether there is a pattern or practice of discriminatory policing.   From the Justice Department


The Changing Shape of American Cities

Categories: Maps/Geography,Statistics,Urban Issues,Virginia Issues

Describes demographic changes in U.S. metropolitan areas since 1990, especially the revitalization/gentrification of inner city cores and the movement of lower income people to inner suburbs.  From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia


Population Trends in Incorporated Places: 2000 to 2013

Categories: Population/Census,Statistics,Urban Issues

Nearly two-thirds of Americans live in cities.  This report examines trends in city populations since 2000, the distribution of the population in cities by states, the fastest growing cities, city population densities, and new incorporations between 2010 and 2013.  From the Census Bureau


Department of Justice Report Regarding the Criminal Investigation into the Shooting Death of Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri Police Officer Darren Wilson

Categories: African Americans,Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Headlines,Urban Issues

Announces that the evidence does not support bringing federal civil rights charges against Officer Wilson.  Presents the evidence from witness statements, the autopsies, blood, and ballistics and explains the relevant law. From the Justice Department


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