Retrofitting Suburbia


CNU Report Outlines Incremental Steps for More Walkable Suburbs

Transforming suburban sprawl is a massive undertaking, but these small steps can help communities understand their needs and assets and develop clear, actionable goals for the future.

January 21, 2021 - CNU

Transit Oriented Development

A New Transit-Oriented Downtown for New Carrollton, Maryland

The New Carrollton transit station will add Purple Line light rail to its multi-modal mix; planners at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) hope to leverage the new transit for new land use and development around the station.

February 17, 2020 - The Washington Post

New Jersey

A (Possible) Case of Suburban Retrofit

Retrofitting suburbia may be a challenge in a small town with high birth rates.

June 4, 2019 - Michael Lewyn

Suburban Office Building

Watch: What it Takes to Retrofit Suburbia

June Williamson explains the necessary components of the next generation of the suburban retrofitting project, and why these actions are so necessary.

April 27, 2019 - Redesigning Cities via YouTube

Satellite Imagery

The Civic in the Suburbs

How to put the "park" back in the business park.

April 2, 2018 - Kathryn Firth


How One Lake Erie Town Got Free Waterfront Property for Public Use

Clear communication and a fair trade let Euclid, Ohio begin to rethink its lakefront—and its future.

March 26, 2018 - NextCity

Maitland, Florida

How a Central Florida Suburb Transformed Into a Walkable Destination

Along US 17/92, in the northern Orange County suburbs of Orlando, suburbia is being retrofitted.

February 26, 2018 - Modern Cities

Purple Line Extension

Roundtable Discussion: Retrofitting Suburbia for Walkability

One of the biggest obstacles to retrofitting suburbia with more walkable environments is passionate local opposition to change.

February 21, 2018 - Greater Greater Washington

Bike Paths

Ambitious Greenway Plan Could Transform Connectivity in the Cleveland Region

Introducing the Cuyahoga Greenway plan, in the initial stages of visioning and public engagement in Northeast Ohio.

February 15, 2018 - The Plain Dealer


Retrofitting the Cul-de-Sac

A recent book on retrofitting sprawl contains numerous proposals to revise cul-de-sacs—all of which are interesting, even if politically infeasible.

February 25, 2016 - Michael Lewyn

New Updates on The Edge

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

International Real Estate Strategies and Deal Negotiation

Harvard Graduate School of Design Executive Education

Affordable Housing: Principles for Changing Domestic and Global Markets

Harvard Graduate School of Design Executive Education

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