August 11, 2019, 7am PDT
A Vox video digs into the history of how suburbs came to resemble each other.
March 9, 2018, 6am PST
For many decades now, most communities in the United States have grown as a series of subdivisions, built on a tried and true formula. It might be time to change the math.
April 11, 2014, 1pm PDT
A recent nextSTL.com editorial makes an impassioned plea to open the city’s closed streets.
October 17, 2013, 12pm PDT
With their anti-urban inward orientation, cul-de-sacs are representative of the auto-oriented, privatized suburban development model. But one sociologist is out to demonstrate their benefits by showing how cul-de-sacs can develop social cohesion.
March 1, 2013, 8am PST
Suburban Orlando is home to what might well be the best example of the absurd development patterns of post-war America. There you'll find two houses with adjoining backyards whose front doors are separated by seven miles of roads.
October 31, 2011, 6am PDT
Eric Brown of Brown Design Studio proposes some solutions for retrofitting cul-de-sacs to reconnect them with the urban grid.
September 19, 2011, 11am PDT
In the 1930s, The Federal Housing Authority embraced the trend towards cul-de-sacs, decrying the standard street grid as monotonous and unsafe. Norman Garrick and Wesley Marshall have proven otherwise.
January 4, 2010, 8am PST
New regulations in Virginia limiting their use may be the death knell for cul-de-sacs. Planners and developers debate their worth, but new studies show they aren't cost effective for cities, or even as safe as assumed.
April 4, 2009, 7am PDT
How do you turn a cul-de-sac into a commune? It's easier than you think, according to this piece from NPR.
March 23, 2009, 10am PDT
Through streets in new neighborhoods will reduce traffic on and the cost of maintaining overburdened arterials, but builders and residents say it'll make their communities less safe and attractive.