September 26, 2016, 9am PDT
With a two-year Interim Development Control Ordinance set to expire in March 2017, Burbank, California is working on new design guidelines for single-family homes.
September 8, 2016, 11am PDT
Faced with a national housing crisis, it's time for cities to stop letting social mores dictate who can live where.
August 23, 2016, 9am PDT
The footprint of the so-called single-story overlay districts is growing in the Silicon Valley.
May 19, 2016, 9am PDT
It might not come as a surprise, but the Sun Belt cities permitting fewer new single-family homes are the Sun Belt cities permitting fewer new homes.
May 8, 2016, 7am PDT
The Sightline Institute tackles what may be "our most acute urban public policy challenge."
February 3, 2016, 8am PST
Lakeview, located north of Lincoln Park and adjacent to Lake Michigan, leads the city by a wide margin in residential teardowns over the past five years. Local developers are selling new homes for four times the original price paid.
December 3, 2015, 12pm PST
Mansionization, that conspicuous manifestation of the demand for larger homes, is alive and well in Seattle.
November 28, 2015, 9am PST
Famous for its focus on dense, infill development and quickly ascending skyline, the Toronto housing market is still plagued by rising housing costs at the single-family detached homes end of the spectrum.
October 9, 2015, 2pm PDT
An editorial favors one local city's approach to mansionization over another's. When will they ever learn?
September 8, 2015, 10am PDT
The Wall Street Journal implies a take on the U.S. economy that might make some urbanists uncomfortable: more single-family construction is necessary for a full economic recovery.
August 21, 2015, 6am PDT
Joe Cortright criticizes reports linking high median new home sizes to a renewed demand for McMansions. The market for single-family homes, he argues, locks out buyers of modest means. Only the well-off are buying.
City Observatory City Commentary
August 4, 2015, 7am PDT
A data visualization project illustrates the long and varied traditions of American single-family housing.
July 23, 2015, 1pm PDT
According to the Streetsblog, one of the most transit-rich states in the country squanders the potential benefits of its infrastructure by surrounding stations with sprawling residential communities.
July 9, 2015, 5am PDT
Digging into the data to get beyond the misleading notion of radical change in development patterns.
May 31, 2015, 1pm PDT
Although large investors made only 4.3 percent of single-family home purchases in 2014, they may be reducing the competitiveness of traditional buyers. With ready cash and sophisticated algorithms, investors get there first and make better bids.
March 29, 2015, 5am PDT
After a group of unrelated adults bought and moved into a large house in Hartford, Connecticut, they were found to be in violation of local regulations. They are asking for a broader definition of 'family.'
February 22, 2015, 11am PST
Although it hosts some of the nation’s first and most successful auto suburbs, Long Island has experienced a downturn. This infographic-focused piece delves into the reasons why.
December 30, 2013, 9am PST
In contrast to much of the United States, where home sizes are growing again following the recession, developers in Southern California are increasingly building attached homes - reversing the region's history of single-family sprawl.
November 25, 2013, 2pm PST
What's so special about single-family homes that we'd rather preserve them than prevent the displacement and financial distress of thousands of low- and moderate-income renters?
November 25, 2013, 11am PST
Another of those highly-cited surveys of the living preferences of Americans is out and it finds support for (somewhat contradictory) elements of both smart growth and suburban development patterns.