Urban Studies. August 2008, 45(9)

Vega & Reynolds-Feighan chew through some Irish travel-to-work numbers (.pdf). Employment sub-centres and forms of travel are identified (lots of cars...). They get pretty deep into the data here, and it's all fairly Dublin-specific. But if you're into this sort thing...

Joong-Hwan Oh talks self employment in US cities over the 80s and 90s, with a focus on suburban-central interactions. It goes up with education, poverty, employment rates and a declining manufacturing sector (also immigration, sort of).

The cost of US urban sprawl is explored in Carruthers & Úlfarsson, with an eye to smart growth policy. Conclusions: sprawl is expensive. Questions: would density have been better, or just cheaper?

Keivani et al. talks up private housing underwritten by public land development via an examination of Iran's 1980s housing policies. This is pretty thick policy stuff (although it is nice to read something about Iran that isn't about war or religion).

Moving the poor out of public housing breaks up social networks in Manzo, Kleit & Couch's paper. Many approach relocation with reluctance. The loss of a day to day common life amongst residents - and the basic sense of being destabilized - stand out as sources of anxiety. 'Severely distressed' housing can contain highly supportive communities.

Lindell describes overlapping and entangled forms of governance in Maputo markets. We're talking various sites of power and layers of political agency. The whole thing is well worth the read.

Malmö's shopper-friendly pedestrian precincts are the focus of Kärrholm's piece: in particular their 'territorialisation' via material markers, cues and other 'actants'. I'm an ANT fan, but I'd still love a six year embargo on sociological uses of 'fluid' and 'topology'.

Batuman is keeping an eye out for organic intellectuals amongst Turkish urbanists. A good outline of 60s-80s Turkish urban politics.

Nakamura contrasts economic disparities amongst regions in England and Japan. You're down the calculus rabbit-hole pretty quick here. If you want to dive into regional GVA differences and the role of agglomeration effects for these states then check this out.

Forsyth & co. close things up with a study of Twin Cities walking: pedestrian friendly environments (and friendly environments in general) encourage certain types of walking but don't increase the overall physical activity of residents - socioeconomic factors are much more relevant. Accelerometer readings may not be the best measure.