Suburbs

December 11, 2014, 2pm PST
The Economist has published a pair of feature articles examining the growth of suburbs around the world in the hopes of avoiding the mistakes of the West.
The Economist
December 10, 2014, 12pm PST
People seeking small town, authentic character are moving to the burghs along the Schuylkill River. Now the towns are faced with the challenge of blending the old with the new.
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 5, 2014, 1pm PST
A PBS Newshour economic correspondent visits the sites of former malls in Ohio and Massachusetts, some successfully repurposed, others in construction, and one in decay, speaking with economic experts along the way about the future of the mall.
PBS NewsHour
November 17, 2014, 9am PST
In its first year alone, Zero Cottage has produced 22 percent more energy than it consumes. But can such an urban project be replicated in a suburban setting?
Build a Better Burb
November 2, 2014, 9am PST
Luxury condos are often identified as the culprit in urban gentrification, but could it be that teardowns of single family homes that give way to much larger single family homes is a driver of suburban gentrification?
Chicago Tribune
October 27, 2014, 1pm PDT
Although growth in Union County outside of Charlotte has subsided, county officials aim to balance a legacy of unplanned growth with new opportunities for commercial development and countywide transportation.
Charlotte Observer
October 9, 2014, 12pm PDT
The Bacon's Rebellion blog focuses on the potential of suburbs to meet the demands of a growing population with different lifestyles and expectations for their communities than previous generations.
Bacon's Rebellion
August 18, 2014, 6am PDT
A post by Brookings explains how the racial tensions and violent clashes between police and protestors in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson are a symptom of common contemporary archetype: the impoverished suburb.
Brookings
Blog post
June 16, 2014, 9am PDT
Minimum parking requirements affect developer behavior most where they are most controversial: in downtown neighborhoods. In suburbs where they may just mimic the market, the arguments for such rules are paradoxically even weaker.
Michael Lewyn
June 13, 2014, 12pm PDT
SouthWest Transit, amidst a period of increased ridership, has added new express routes, new buses, and even a new bike-share program. Motivating the agency, in part at least, for are the changes due if and when light rail arrives to the suburbs.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune
May 18, 2014, 11am PDT
Like in many other metro areas in the country, homelessness and poverty are spreading to the suburbs in Denver. And like in other suburban areas, homelessness hides better in the suburbs, so services can be scant for a problem that is large.
Denver Post
April 21, 2014, 12pm PDT
“Can Paradise be Planned?” asks Allison Arieff in a recent op-ed. The article discusses new books by architect Robert A.M. Stern and photographer Christoph Gielen to look for reasons for optimism with regard to suburbs and planning.
New York Times
April 2, 2014, 6am PDT
Once upon a time, tech start-ups located almost exclusively in the suburbs. New data reveals the extent to which this pattern has been reversed.
Atlantic Cities
March 7, 2014, 7am PST
The decision of where to locate ballparks, and to what extent the public should subsidize that location, can have ripple effects throughout the land use and transportation systems of a region.
Cities That Work
February 27, 2014, 5am PST
Movoto Real Estate figured it was time to see just which suburbs can still claim to be safer than their big city neighbors.
Movoto Blog
February 26, 2014, 11am PST
According to Census data, the city of Seattle's population is growing faster than its King County suburbs—for the first time since 1910.
Seattle Times
Blog post
February 13, 2014, 2pm PST
Are suburbanites less fearful of crime than city-dwellers? Maybe not.
Michael Lewyn
February 7, 2014, 9am PST
Atlantic Cities details the new urbanist vision of a master planned community called Eastmark in Mesa, Arizona. The development’s mix of uses, form-based code, and walkability create “an uncommon sales pitch for car-dependent Arizona.”
Atlantic Cities
February 3, 2014, 12pm PST
Ranking suburbs on metrics of excitement? That’s a zesty response to the suburb-bashing parlance of the times, and the Movoto Real Estate Blog has done just that.
Movoto Blog
December 23, 2013, 1pm PST
Are failing cities like Camden, New Jersey, to blame for their own downfall? Or are they the victims of a regional exploitation in which the suburbs foist their problems onto the nearest urban center?
Next City