Suburbs

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.
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.
Builder Magazine
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.
New Urban News
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.
Los Angeles Times
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.
The New York Times
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.
Grist
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.
Next American City
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.
Cityscapes (Blair Kamin)
February 16, 2010, 5am PST
Pleasantville, NY may be affluent and amenity-rich, but it isn't immune to the economic downturn. Now some suggest the town should sacrifice character for economic opportunity.
New York Times
February 8, 2010, 11am PST
Fast Company pulls together a handful of recent reports to paint a grim picture for the suburbs, as the number of people living in poverty rises, housing values decline, and infrastructure built in the 60s and 70s erodes.
Fast Company
January 31, 2010, 7am PST
<em>Worldchanging</em>'s Alex Steffen says the question of cities versus suburbs is the political conflict that will define the next decade.
Grist
January 16, 2010, 7am PST
<em>Metropolis</em> presents a slideshow of photographs by artist Christoph Gielen, who photographs suburban developments from a helicopter.
Metropolis
December 7, 2009, 9am PST
The majority of the world's population now lives in urban areas -- except for Britain. Some say that bucked trend must be reversed.
Wired UK
November 21, 2009, 1pm PST
Areas like Bellevue, Washington and Coral Springs, Florida have grown by 10% or more every decade since the 1970s. Today, these suburban communities are actually losing people.
USA Today
November 20, 2009, 10am PST
2008 Census estimates reveal that in the city center of Fort Worth, Texas, the number of school-age children living in poverty has dropped whereas the surrounding suburban communities have seen increasing numbers.
Fort Worth Star Telegram
November 18, 2009, 8am PST
This article from the <em>Guardian</em> argues that despite years of derision, suburbia is gaining a more positive reputation as "utopia in a big way".
The Guardian
November 3, 2009, 7am PST
A recent study of health insurance costs finds that people who live in suburban areas outside of Chicago pay less for health insurance than those who live in the urban core.
Chicago Sun-Times
October 26, 2009, 9am PDT
President Mubarak of Egypt is allowing developers to create American-style suburban developments in dry desert land outside Cairo.
POLIS
October 7, 2009, 7am PDT
Thousands of subdivisions across the country have been abandoned mid-development by owners and developers hit hard by the economic recession. This video takes a tour inside one of these "zombie subdivisions".
CNN
September 22, 2009, 7am PDT
Meeting the needs of aging residents has been a challenge for many cities. Some suburban communities are pioneering the conversion to an elder-friendly layout.
The Wall Street Journal