Are 'Bland' Suburbs Things of the Past?

Colorado's local governments and new suburban homebuyers are asking developers for "something different."

Gone are the days of one-style-fits-all development. Potential buyers of homes in suburban developments are increasingly seeking unique interior and exterior designs. And production homebuilders are beginning to heed the call through increased flexibility of layouts and design features. As one industry representative states, "...[buyers] don't have to go along with the consortium of homebuilders and Realtors who keep building the same thing because people keep buying it." Some developers also agree that local government intervention can incentivize 'new urbanist' style communities.

Thanks to Erin Clark

Full Story: Boxy, bland burbs reach dead end


Prepare for the AICP* Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $245
AICP CTP Storefont Display

The first online AICP* CTP exam prep class

Are you ready to take the AICP* Certified Transportation Planner exam?
Priced at $245 for May exam!
Book cover of Contemporary Debates in Urban Planning

Contemporary Debates in Urban Planning

Featuring thought-provoking commentary and insights from some of the leading thinkers and practitioners in the field.

Wear your city with style!

100% silk scarves feature detailed city maps. Choose from six cities with red or blue trim.