Monthly Archives: June 2010

Housing Topics at the U.S. Census Bureau

Census Housing Topics

Looking for housing data?  You can find data on:

  • home ownership
  • historical to present U.S. rental vacancies
  • median asking and sale price for the U.S.
  • tables on housing affordability

…and more!  Go to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Housing Topics page.

Court decides in favor of Columbia University

As reported in the New York Times,, the court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling that barred the use of eminent domain to complete the acquisition land needed by Columbia to expand in the nearby neighborhood of Manhattanville.  For details on the University’s expansion plan see


Survey Data on Urban Family Life in China

The Study of Family Life in Urban China is a dataset based on a survey done in 1999 in three large Chinese cities: Shanghai, Wuhan, and Xian.  It is also referred to simply as the "Three-City Survey."  It was a survey of urban residents in these cities focusing on the social and economic aspects of the family, particularly, the effects of economic reform on family life, cultural practices, and civic values.  The data comes in SAS, SPSS and Stata formats together with documentation including the codebook and questionnaire.

The study is part of the ICPSR data collection.  For access use the Columbia-specific URL, (found on the Libraries Data/GIS page), and search for the title. If you need help with this or any other numeric data product, stop by the DSSC’s Electronic Data Service (EDS) or email

Intro workshop date change

image1We’re changing the date for the Intro to GIS workshop from Friday 6/18 to 6/25 because both Eric and I are attending the NYCArc Users Group seminar held at John Jay College.

If you are interested in attending the all day event, registration info can be found on the NYC Arc Users Group site. There’s a good group of speakers and presentations lined up throughout the day.