Sprawl

September 20, 2010, 9am PDT
Writing in <em>The New York Times</em>, Geoff Manaugh looks at Christoph Gielen's aerial photography of urban development and sprawl.
The New York Times
September 17, 2010, 6am PDT
This commentary from church architect Randy Bright argues that New Urbanists unfairly attack church sprawl, and that the cost of developing denser communities is the freedom of the people.
The Tulsa Beacon
September 15, 2010, 11am PDT
Studies comparing tax revenues from a per-acre perspective show significant gains for municipalities with dense, mixed-use development.
New Urban Network
August 19, 2010, 11am PDT
The new album by Arcade Fire is themed around suburban sprawl, offering an interesting commentary on city planning and development.
SPUR Urbanist
August 18, 2010, 12pm PDT
This piece from <em>The Freeman</em> looks at the debate over sprawl and whether free market economics encourage it or offer a solution.
The Freeman
July 31, 2010, 9am PDT
Real estate investment is expected to rise sharply in the greater Cairo region. Some fear this will bring about American-style suburban sprawl.
Global Real Estate Monitor
June 21, 2010, 11am PDT
In an op-ed, architect Hillel Schocken calls for greater density in Israel, which he says has 1/5th the public density of Paris.
Haaretz
June 21, 2010, 8am PDT
Some of the resistance that killed a major smart growth project in Alameda, California came from environmentalists. Josh Harkinson argues that its time for enviros to stop fighting smart growth and embrace density.
Mother Jones
May 20, 2010, 5am PDT
This report from <em>The Globe and Mail</em> looks at a recent study of three of Canada's big cities -- Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto -- and compares their densities and development patterns.
The Globe and Mail
Feature
May 17, 2010, 9am PDT
When we think of sprawl, we usually picture suburban life. But inner cities also took on the character of sprawl when freeways came in and were buildings torn down, say Christopher T. McCahill and Norman Garrick.
Norman Garrick
May 15, 2010, 11am PDT
This commentary from <em>Urban Omnibus</em> looks at how the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a problem with roots in unsustainable land use.
Urban Omnibus
May 1, 2010, 1pm PDT
A new web video series called American Makeover aims to find "the antidote to suburban sprawl." The first episode, now online, looks at Atlanta.
American Makeover
April 22, 2010, 5am PDT
Tysons Corner, Virginia, represents an unlikely pilot project for "desprawling" America's suburbs, but the expansion of Metro rail through the town has been seized by local officials as an opportunity to revamp the city's urban form and density.
Good
Blog post
April 11, 2010, 5pm PDT

A few weeks ago, Randall O’Toole  (a leading anti-anti-sprawl commentator) and Matthew Yglesias (a Washington-based pundit who primarily writes about politics, but occasionally veers off into planning issues) had an interesting discussion about the extent to which sprawl is a result of land use regulation.(1)

Michael Lewyn
April 9, 2010, 1pm PDT
Katherine Don looks back at Broadacre City, Wright's attempt to replace the modern industrial city once and for all.
Next American City
March 31, 2010, 7am PDT
Inside this gated community in the L.A. suburb of Hemet, the recession is taking a tough toll and making life difficult for the families that had moved there for quiet calm.
Los Angeles Times
March 25, 2010, 2pm PDT
This post from <em>NRDC</em>'s Kaid benfield compares the two Florida cities of Lehigh Acres and Venice, where land use decisions created one city doomed to fail and another that's on a fast rise.
NRDC Switchboard
March 18, 2010, 10am PDT
Some planners are warning that high speed rail could spur exurban growth and sprawl.
Wired
Feature
March 18, 2010, 5am PDT
A recent study shows that for every significant freeway that gets built in a major city, population declines by about 18%. Nathaniel Baum-Snow, author of the study, talks with Planetizen.
Tim Halbur
March 9, 2010, 9am PST
That's the conclusion of a new report by The Long Island Index. Equal development can be achieved by building into the island's last greenfields or upwards from infill opportunities like underused parking lots.
Grist