Urban Growth

May 16, 2016, 7am PDT
For decades, New York City's boom times lay deep in the past. Now that the city's growing again, Aaron Renn says New York may need to take cues from the Sun Belt, of all places.
Urbanophile
December 24, 2015, 5am PST
Geographer Duncan Smith mapped the predicted trajectory of worldwide urban growth from 1950 through 2030. Concentric circles of different shades show where and when growth was (or will be) the most dramatic.
CityLab
May 31, 2015, 11am PDT
Rates of growth in America's largest cities increased dramatically in 2010 but have leveled off. Suburbs are growing at nearly identical rates to center cities.
Brookings: The Avenue
April 12, 2015, 7am PDT
As urban centers start making better sense for a digital economy, NIMBY policies might be worth re-examining. In addition to driving up the cost of housing, they may compound inefficiencies and slow down the economy.
The Economist
Blog post
March 9, 2015, 12pm PDT
A new scholarly paper argues that ancient and modern cities can be usefully analyzed in a comparative perspective. But what you do with the comps depends on how much you value similarities versus differences in urban form.
Dean Saitta
March 1, 2015, 9am PST
Scientists from the Santa Fe Institute have discovered basic patterns underlying the way cities have always grown. The mechanics of "urban scaling" may have something fundamental to tell us about how large settlements evolve.
Christian Science Monitor
January 5, 2015, 6am PST
Eliot Brown, commercial real estate reporter for The Wall Street Journal, writes on urban trends largely influenced by firms seeking to attract the brightest young workers with decidedly urban preferences. Mid-size and large cities are prospering.
The Wall Street Journal
January 10, 2014, 7am PST
The National Journal speaks with demographer William H. Frey, with the Brookings Institution, about the three most meaningful trends that emerged in the U.S. last year, and their significance for the future.
National Journal
December 9, 2013, 6am PST
Is it possible to predict when and how cities will grow? A group of researchers in France say the answer is yes.
Next City
April 30, 2013, 1pm PDT
Joel Kotkin is on a roll in the past few weeks, making the case that the revival of cities and decline of suburbs is a fraud — but his argument ignores the facts, argues Robert Steuteville.
Better! Cities & Towns
June 29, 2012, 11am PDT
Historically the one-year data may be an aberration as suburbs have outgrown cities for every decade since the 1920s. It may be as much a consequence of the recession and housing bust as a preference for urban living, but builders are responding.
The Wall Street Journal
March 30, 2012, 11am PDT
Nate Berg explains why recent headlines about the rise of the country's urban population shouldn't have smart growth advocates claiming victory just yet.
The Atlantic Cities
March 17, 2011, 5am PDT
The article takes a look at the idea that stalled urban growth may be a generational issue.
Streetsblog
June 23, 2010, 2pm PDT
According to the new book, <em>Foreclosing the Dream: How America's Housing Crisis Is Reshaping Our Cities and Suburbs,</em> development is shifting to cities more strongly than most Americans realize.
New Urban News
May 19, 2009, 10am PDT
Two reports have linked patterns of urban development to disaster risk. As urban populations grow, these studies suggest developing countries will become even more vulnerable.
The New York Times
May 18, 2009, 9am PDT
A bill that would allow exurban development before adequate transportation infrastructure is in place has caused a stir in Florida, where environmental groups are lobbying the governor for a veto.
The Bradenton Herald
April 28, 2009, 7am PDT
The municipal demand for water in Oregon is expected to increase by more than 61% by 2050, and many policymakers there are trying to figure out how to meet that growing demand.
The Oregonian