Sprawl

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The $45 billion transportation bill approved by the Illinois Legislature ended up including more public transit funding than it originally offered, but a Kendall County Metra project raises questions.
Streetsblog Chicago
June 1, 2019, 7am PDT
The Phoenix metropolitan area is growing again, but the water supply isn't. Many development plans derailed by the Great Recession won't find it easy to start where they left off.
Arizona Republic
Feature
May 31, 2019, 8am PDT
New Urbanism was in part born of the criticisms of 20th century planning principles popularized by Jane Jacobs, but Jacobs infamously derided the new school of thought.
Fanis Grammenos
Blog post
May 20, 2019, 2pm PDT
Government's pro-sprawl and anti-density policies often create problems that justify more of the same.
Michael Lewyn
May 18, 2019, 7am PDT
Lexington, Kentucky's growth boundary survived a comprehensive plan update in 2019, after years of controversy. A housing crisis, a growing city, and a broken land use system are rearranging the political arithmetic behind the greenbelt.
CityLab
May 15, 2019, 1pm PDT
The developers of 1,400 homes in the desert north of Phoenix say they understand the responsibility of being the first to develop an area. Opponents would rather there was no development at all.
Arizona Republic
May 9, 2019, 8am PDT
Richard Florida cites new research to argue that car culture and car oriented communities are the main culprits in the unhealthy lifestyles of U.S. school children.
CityLab
May 7, 2019, 7am PDT
The rapid economic growth of North Texas might not translate to economic mobility for many residents if the region can't better connect land use and transportation planning, according to this opinion piece.
The Dallas Morning News
May 2, 2019, 7am PDT
The state of Florida is moving forward with the Multi-use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance (M-Cores) plan to build several new toll expressways in rural parts of the state.
Strong Towns
April 16, 2019, 12pm PDT
Homebuyers are looking for locations with quality transit access in Los Angeles, and they're willing to pay more for the option having transit nearby.
Bloomberg
Blog post
April 14, 2019, 5am PDT
Defenders of suburban expansion argue that government should build more roads in order to open up more land for housing. What's wrong with that argument?
Michael Lewyn
Blog post
March 27, 2019, 2pm PDT
In Order Without Design, Alain Bertaud takes a middle position between consistent supporters of suburbia and sprawl critics.
Michael Lewyn
March 26, 2019, 6am PDT
With infrastructure and housing prices in the national discussion more than ever before, the federal government still doesn't seem ready to really change its ways.
Route Fifty
March 14, 2019, 5am PDT
The gas tax, suburban highway spending cycle is both self-serving and self-destructive, according to the article.
Streetsblog USA
February 27, 2019, 6am PST
The question of how and where to grow is causing controversy in Toronto. A recent op-ed picks a side.
Toronto Sun
February 22, 2019, 12pm PST
According to a recent report, the self-sufficiency of agriculture in the Washington, D.C. region is declining. Encroachment from suburban sprawl, driven by a region-wide housing crunch, is one causal factor.
Greater Greater Washington
February 5, 2019, 2pm PST
By 2030, cities will have tripled in size since 2000. Unmanaged, incessant growth is threatening the planet, according to a new report from the World Resources Institute.
Curbed
January 23, 2019, 10am PST
The latest edition of the annual report by Smart Growth America and the National Complete Streets Coalition reports more and more death and tragedy on American streets and roads.
CityLab
Blog post
January 22, 2019, 10am PST
The Federal Highway Administration's National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) shows that transit use is rising and household vehicle miles traveled are declining—but other data sources paint a more ambiguous picture.
Michael Lewyn
January 4, 2019, 6am PST
A proposed bill would open nearly 2 million acres of protected land to commercial and industrial development.
TVO