Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Mapping Inequality: Redlining in New Deal America

Categories: African Americans,History,Housing/Homelessness,Urban Issues,Virginia Issues

Interactive mapping scene which allows user to select an American city and view maps deriving from the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation, a Depression era federal government program which provided information to financial institutions about investment risks and served to ghettoize African Americans and other minorities.  A joint project of librarians at the University of Maryland, University of Richmond, and Virginia Tech.


Green Space and Health

Categories: Environment,Great Britain,Health/Medical,Mental Health,Science/Technology,Urban Issues

Summarizes the evidence for physical and mental health benefits from contact with nature.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


Creating Age-Friendly Cities

Categories: Elderly,Environment,Great Britain,Housing/Homelessness,Science/Technology,Transportation,Urban Issues

By 2050 89% of the UK’s population will live in cities and 24% will be over 65.  This report examines how housing, outdoor spaces, and transportation can be made more age-friendly.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


Global Human Settlement Layer

Categories: Environment,European Union,Maps/Geography,United Nations,Urban Issues

New global database which focuses on the spatial distribution of the earth’s population and the development of built-up areas, population, and settlement patterns over the past 40 years.  From the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre


Collaborative Reform Initiative: An Assessment of the San Francisco Police Department

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

Negative review of the San Francisco PD following several controversial shootings.  Finds more than 90 operational deficiencies and offers 270 recommendations for improvement.  From the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services of the U.S. Department of Justice


Report on UNCTAD Assistance to the Palestinian People: Developments in the Economy of the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Categories: Arab,Business/Economics,Israel,Middle East Conflict,Urban Issues

Describes bleak economic conditions in the Palestinian territories despite efforts to provide aid through the United Nations.  From the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development


Investigation of the Baltimore City Police Department

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

Text of the report of the U.S. Justice Department on the conduct of the Baltimore Police Department toward African Americans in the city.  The report found that the PD engaged in unconstitutional stops, searches, and arrests, overly aggressive and unreasonable force, and discrimination against African Americans.  From the Justice Department


Justice Department Announces Findings of Investigation into Baltimore Police Department

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

Press release announcing that the Justice Department investigation found a pattern of conduct by the Baltimore Police Department that violated the civil rights, particularly of African Americans, Baltimore Police officials asked for the investigation following controversy after the death of Freddie Gray from injuries suffered while in police custody.  From the Justice Department


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