August 18, 2010, 5am PDT
Writing in <em>Foreign Policy</em>, Joel Kotkin argues that increasing urbanization and density are not inevitable realities.
July 14, 2010, 2pm PDT
With the Russian spies being sent home, Clifford J. Levy wondered if they'd miss the comforts of U.S.-style suburban living. What he found is that today's Russia has imitated the way of life, including gated communities with American names.
July 13, 2010, 2pm PDT
Christopher Leinberger, author of The Option of Urbanism, takes on Joel Kotkin's latest dustup on the "war between the city and the suburbs." Leinberger argues that the data Kotkin's using is dated and doesn't reflect reality.
July 12, 2010, 9am PDT
The "Build a Better Burb" contest from Long Island Index has chosen 23 finalists with a variety of interesting ideas for redesigning the suburbs for the next century - in this case, Long Island.
A Daily Dose Of Architecture
May 31, 2010, 7am PDT
Suburban areas are becoming hotbeds for rising poverty. Though migration has a role, much of the transition from middle class to welfare has been caused by the housing crisis and recession.
May 5, 2010, 7am PDT
The U.S. is expected to grow by more than 100 million people over the next 40 years, and much of that growth will occur in urban areas. Joel Kotkin says that this growth will highlight the inefficiencies of centralized power.
May 2, 2010, 5am PDT
Developers in Egypt are looking to bring mixed-use developments to Cairo's sprawling suburbs.
April 29, 2010, 10am PDT
The suburbanization of business headquarters may be coming to an end.
April 28, 2010, 10am PDT
A 50-acre section of the Los Angeles suburb of Carson is contaminated with methane gas and benzene. Owners of the 285 homes in the area are left with few options.
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.
April 21, 2010, 6am PDT
This article from <em>GOOD</em> wonders whether farms could become the new cornerstone amenity in suburban residential communities.
April 21, 2010, 5am PDT
<em>Next American City</em> talks with the Brookings Institution's Elizabeth Kneebone about the growth of poverty in suburban areas.
April 12, 2010, 8am PDT
Developers, planners, and city officials haven't been insisting on regulations protecting low-density residential all these years -- the people who live there have, says Kevin Drum at Mother Jones.
April 10, 2010, 11am PDT
Urban redevelopment has experienced significant growth over the past five years, while residential permits are on the wane.
April 9, 2010, 10am PDT
In a widely-read review of Joel Kotkin's book, a statistic claiming that suburban dwellers join significantly more social clubs than urban residents is called into question by Robert Steuteville.
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.
March 30, 2010, 9am PDT
Development is occurring more rapidly in urban centers than in the suburbs, according to a new study from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
March 10, 2010, 11am PST
Grist writer Lisa Selin Davis argues that now is the time to make public transit a priority in serving outer suburbs, because the rebounding economy will inevitably lead to increased demand.
February 26, 2010, 6am PST
The migration of America's low income population is spreading to the suburbs. But the suburbs aren't ready to handle the influx, according to this piece.
February 16, 2010, 11am PST
Chicago's suburbs are growing taller, adding density and height like never before. Blair Kamin argues that these small towns are facing an identity crisis, stuck uncomfortably between city and suburb.