Sprawl

“Can Paradise be Planned?” asks Allison Arieff in a recent op-ed. The article discusses new books by architect A.M. Stern and photographer Christoph Gielen to look for reasons for optimism with regard to suburbs and planning.
3 days ago   New York Times
Before Detroit's bankruptcy, Stockton held the ominous title of largest city in the U.S. to go bankrupt. Unlike Detroit, it was largely tied to the foreclosure crisis. Home prices have jumped 30% in the last year. What caused the turnaround?
Sep 26, 2013   The Sacramento Bee
San Luis Obispo County, along California's Central Coast, is at a crossroads. Will it go the way of Orange County and succumb to development pressures or will it follow Napa and Ventura Counties and protect its rural lands from exurban sprawl.
Sep 21, 2013   TraceSF
If the small city of Otsego, located 30 miles from Minneapolis, is a guide, sprawl may be poised to make a comeback as the housing market roars back to life. But larger indicators point to a withdrawal from sprawl.
Sep 16, 2013   The New York Times
Though 78 percent of Mexico’s population is urban, for the past three decades it's been importing a disastrous development pattern from its northern neighbor - urban sprawl. A new set of institutions and policies are aimed at reversing the trend.
Sep 13, 2013   The City Fix
After reading yet more blather about the "war on cars" or "density-pushing planners" I recently had a thought: what if government really did favor transit and compact development as aggressively as they had favored sprawl in the 20th century? Opinion
Sep 8, 2013   By Michael Lewyn
In communities across the U.S., setback requirements and lot coverage maximums mandate acres of private open spaces. Eliminating such requirements could produce more affordable and more eco-friendly places, argues Matthew Yglesias.
Aug 28, 2013   Slate
New data supports Paul Krugman's contention that sprawl inhibits the American Dream.
Aug 10, 2013   Better! Cities & Towns
The Washington Post speaks with Leigh Gallagher, author the new book “The End of the Suburbs”, about the decline of America's suburbs, models for suburban reinvention, and the correlation between neighborhood form and health and happiness.
Aug 6, 2013   The Washington Post
What if most cars were electrics, most electricity was generated locally, and new development was required to have solar? Would this paradigm make sprawl more energy sustainable than compact growth? A new paper argues yes.
Aug 6, 2013   Science Daily
New York Times columnist Paul Krugman looks at two great American cities, one losing population for decades and now filed for bankruptcy, the other growing rapidly but through sprawl, not smart growth. Yet Atlanta suffers lower social mobility.
Aug 4, 2013   The New York Times - The Opinion Pages