Suburban Sprawl

April 26, 2009, 5am PDT
This article from <em>High Country News</em> dissects the Arizona real estate collapse through the lens of one exurb.
High Country News
February 5, 2009, 9am PST
In this op-ed, Peter Calthorpe warns against a massive investment to stimulate sprawl as was done after WWII. He notes 3 areas that need smart investment to make the American Dream sustainable: urban transit, environment, and multi-family housing.
San Francisco Chronicle
January 13, 2009, 2pm PST
The question is no longer how to improve the suburbs, says Allison Arieff, but what we're going to do with all the leftover buildings and unfinished sites.
The New York Times
October 13, 2008, 7am PDT
A small suburban Houston town has been planning ahead for growth that's expected to bring its population from just over 700 to nearly 40,000 in the next 15 years.
The Houston Chronicle
August 12, 2008, 8am PDT
The cost of commuting is beginning to trump federal policies favoring exurban development, and transit ridership is at a fifty year high.
The Washington Post
July 14, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>The increase in the price of fuel encourages one St. Louis family to purchase a second home near work.</p>
STLtoday
June 26, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>The economics of long commutes are forcing many to the conclusion that suburban living is no longer viable, and suburban housing prices are falling accordingly.</p>
The New York Times
June 17, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>CNN reports on the growing chaos in suburbs emptied by the mortgage crisis, and what they tell us about the future of the American dream.</p>
CNN
June 14, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Dermot Finch of the Centre for Cities, an independent research group, says that the U.S. could learn a lot from the U.K.'s urban renaissance.</p>
BBC News
June 8, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Even as SUV sales have dropped 33% this year, some drivers hang on to their gas-guzzlers. "You've got to have that room when you're moving around," says a Georgia man. The cost of switching is another major factor for families.</p>
CNN.com
May 29, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>New schools are consistently built far from community centers, while historic school buildings near where people live are demolished, The Blue Ridge Press reports.</p>
The Blue Ridge Press
April 17, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>Cookie cutter subdivisions typically associated with American suburbs are popping up in the outskirts of cities in countries as far away as Argentina, China and Pakistan.</p>
USA Today
April 7, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>NPR's Climate Connections series explores how American's lifestyles affect climate change. In this first of two articles, Elizabeth Shogren introduces an Emory University researcher who moves out of Atlanta into her 'dream house' in the suburbs.</p>
National Public Radio
Blog post
July 19, 2007, 10pm PDT

I am currently on charrette in Bryant, Arkansas. As a brief primer, Bryant is located approximatley 15 miles to the southwest of Little Rock and is currently the fastest growing city in the state. This is mostly due to a its proximity to major employment centers and its thriving LEED certified school system. Though I could regurgitate a slew of citizen comments regarding the city's lack of communal space and the recent impoverishiment of its public realm, the picture and brief explantation below says it all.


Bryant Chik-Fil-A

Photo Courtesy of Matt Lambert

Mike Lydon
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