Sprawl

March 12, 2015, 12pm PDT
According to a Denver Post article, the Denver metropolitan area has 31,000 homes in the development pipeline. All but 2,600 of those homes would be built in suburban counties surrounding Denver.
Denver Post
March 6, 2015, 12pm PST
The environmental think tank environmental Sustainable Prosperity has created a handy infographic describing the benefits of dense urban development compared to sprawl.
Streetsblog USA
March 6, 2015, 10am PST
A post on the Lexington Streetsweeper blog examines the idea of Farming Community Subdivision, or "agrihood," and the plausibility of such a community being created in Central Kentucky.
The Lexington Streetsweeper
Feature
March 4, 2015, 5am PST
"Zoned in the USA: The Origins and Implications of American Land-Use Regulation," by Sonja Hirt, describes the exceptional characteristics, compared to European land use regulations, that make U.S. zoning laws so conducive to sprawl.
Josh Stephens
Blog post
February 19, 2015, 5am PST
In suburbia, the line between smart growth and conventional sprawl is sometimes a blurry one.
Michael Lewyn
Blog post
January 22, 2015, 5am PST
The Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey contains significant biases and errors. It is important that anybody working with the survey's results be aware of these problems.
Todd Litman
January 12, 2015, 2pm PST
If we remove our ideological blinders, we might notice that the traditional city serves the interests of both the Left and the Right. Common ground, literally and figuratively. Ben Brown explores.
PlaceShakers
Feature
December 31, 2014, 5am PST
A deeper look at the traffic data on Planetizen reveals trends from the planning and urban design conversation of 2014.
James Brasuell
Blog post
December 29, 2014, 11am PST
One common argument against attempts to control sprawl near declining cities is that the problem is the fault of mismanaged city government.
Michael Lewyn
Blog post
December 1, 2014, 9am PST
This post critiques a common argument against federal support for public transit: that transit gets 20 percent of transportation spending yet has a much lower market share.
Michael Lewyn
November 17, 2014, 11am PST
Alana Samuels writes about the state of the zombie subdivisions scattered around the western United States—a derelict reminder of the high water mark of the last master planned community building boom.
The Atlantic
November 17, 2014, 7am PST
Darin from ATL Urbanist picks up on a recent report by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) finding that residents of Atlanta can save big money by ditching their cars and riding transit.
ATL Urbanist
November 15, 2014, 5am PST
In the next few decades, U.S. governments and businesses are predicted to spend trillions of dollars on infrastructure. This is the reality. The question is: how do we get smart about these investments?
Infrastructure Crisis Sustainable Solutions
October 22, 2014, 9am PDT
Touted as a solution to mindless suburban expansion, the vast green belts around U.K. cities create new challenges. Among them: less affordable housing, longer commutes, and dubious environmental benefits. What happens if these spaces get developed?
The Guardian
October 6, 2014, 9am PDT
"A new report out of Rutgers University reveals that since 2010, the fringes of the New York region have lost population as the core has grown," according to an article by Stephen Miller.
StreetsBlog NYC
September 10, 2014, 6am PDT
The Mexican government built houses for five million citizens in the last decade, only to see those houses abandoned en masse after sprawling patterns out stretched demand.
The New York Times
August 27, 2014, 8am PDT
The Mid Ohio Planning Commission (MORPC) is working with Columbus 2020, ULI Columbus, and planning firm Calthorpe and Associates to head up a new effort called insight2050 that will develop "objective analytical tools" to prepare for growth.
Columbus Underground
August 24, 2014, 1pm PDT
A post by Sustainatlanta reacts to the recent study that predicted massive, sprawling growth in the South in the next 50 years. The post's concern is that sprawl will "eviscerate' the Southern lifestyle.
sustainatlanta
Blog post
August 15, 2014, 6am PDT
Classical liberal commentator F.A. Hayek argued that monomaniacal government planning would eventually lead to limits on individual freedom—and government hostility to pedestrians may be an example of this.
Michael Lewyn
August 8, 2014, 9am PDT
Led by the Walton Family Foundation, Northwest Arkansas officials look to "sense of place" and walkable urban solutions for future economic growth and attraction of talent.
Better Cities & Towns