Yards

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.
Nov 25, 2013   NRDC Switchboard
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
Lawns - long known to be the main culprit in urban water consumption, now can be blamed for another environmental woe - greenhouse gas producer in excess of whatever carbon it 'sinks'. The gas is nitrous oxide - 300 times more potent than CO2.
Jan 21, 2010   University of California @Irvine Press Office
<p>A dazzling wildflower season spells trouble for master-planned communities across the West.</p>
May 16, 2008   The Next American City