Reporters’ terminology affects gentrification, scholars assert

A new study of gentrification in U.S. cities focuses on the activities of a surprising group of players — not developers, not even politicians, but newspaper reporters. The authors of the study, David Wilson and Thomas Mueller, say that city reporters of local growth and development are “important actors” in promoting gentrification. As “central information producers about cities,” these reporters “regulate understandings of urban people, places and processes with potent political-economic consequences.”

The more things change, the more marriages stay the same

Despite major economic and social changes, the overall quality of marriage in the United States has not changed in the last 20 years, according to Penn State researchers. “People are as happily married now as they were 20 years ago, but they also are just as divorce prone,” said Alan Booth, distinguished professor of sociology, human development and family studies and demography. “While we identified a number of specific positive and negative features in marital quality, they balance off, resulting in little major change.”