Suburban Subdivision

Rethinking the Indelible Lines of Subdivision

The subdivision process imposes rules that result in a lack flexibility, convoluted urban design, and diced up landscapes.

August 27, 2020 - The Urbanist


Revisiting Subdivision Regulations

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.

March 9, 2018 - Strong Towns

Explained: Keys to Affordability in Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances

Zoning ordinances are one of the most powerful ways local governments regulate development, and they should work to implement the policies in a Comprehensive Plan Update.

December 15, 2017 - PlanIt - Metropolitan Council

Wine Country Fires

Wildfire Destroys Santa Rosa Neighborhood Outside of Fire Hazard Zone

The Wine Country wildfires destroyed Coffey Park, a subdivision within the urban boundaries of the Bay Area's fifth largest city, and outside of the state's severe fire hazard zones. But the cause wasn't a mystery to wildland fire scientists.

October 20, 2017 - Los Angeles Times

Study: Columbus Neighborhoods Still Surprisingly Suburban

Columbus is surprisingly suburban, given that the city is the largest in population in the state of Ohio. Maybe that perception comes from the fact that it’s also the largest in size in the state?

July 19, 2015 - The Columbus Dispatch

Developer Owned Utilities Struggle to Manage the Cost of Water in Northern Arizona

The Arizona Daily Sun details the curious case of subdivision development, private utilities, and skyrocketing utility rates that linger as an effect of the last development cycle of boom and bust.

April 7, 2015 - Arizona Daily Sun


The Undeniable Urbanism of the 'Plot'

According to researchers and practitioners in the United Kingdom, there's still room for another urbanism. Chuck Wolfe digests the recent Summit on Plot-Based Urbanism from Glasgow.

November 14, 2014 - myurbanist

Study: Planning Failed the Decaying Suburban Subdivision of Windy Ridge

A new study that examines the contributing and enabling factors that led to high foreclosure rates, neighborhood decline, and disparate impacts on low-income populations in the subdivision of Windy Ridge, near Charlotte, North Carolina.

April 14, 2014 - Applied Geography

Little Boxes on the Hillside, in China and Beyond

Nate Berg offers his take on the replicas of Western subdivisions that have come to define social status in the burgeoning economies of the Middle and Far East.

April 7, 2012 - The Atlantic Cities

Farming the Subdivision

Agricultural spaces are increasingly being included in housing developments.

February 10, 2011 - Landscape Architecture Magazine

Cattle vs. Subdivisions

Arizona's long-standing open range laws allow cattle to roam freely, but the state is now reconsidering the laws as residents of the West's suburban subdivisions are growing more frustrated by encounters with roaming cattle.

October 12, 2010 - New York Times

The Nation's First Bicycle-Only Subdivision

A new themed subdivision is under development in South Carolina. But this is no golf course community. It's a cyclist oriented, car-free experiment called Bicycle City.

August 19, 2010 - Architizer

Subdivisions Built Around Agriculture

This article from GOOD wonders whether farms could become the new cornerstone amenity in suburban residential communities.

April 21, 2010 - Good

The De-Evolution of a Suburban Gated Community

Inside this gated community in the L.A. suburb of Hemet, the recession is taking a tough toll and making life difficult for the families that had moved there for quiet calm.

March 31, 2010 - Los Angeles Times

A Suburban Bird's Eye View

Metropolis presents a slideshow of photographs by artist Christoph Gielen, who photographs suburban developments from a helicopter.

January 16, 2010 - Metropolis

Scars of a Subdivision That Wasn't To Be

This post from BLDGBLOG looks at the ghost of a planned but never realized subdivision on the outskirts of a Southern California exurb where only faint lines of unfinished roads remain.

November 27, 2009 - BLDGBLOG

A Backyard Battle: Trials of a Garden-Variety NIMBY

Nandita Godbole advocates for parks and greenspaces around Atlanta. But when faced with a struggle over keeping her own quarter-acre backyard open and free, she found she was powerless.

October 8, 2009 - Nandita Godbole

'Zombie Subdivisions' Eating America's Suburbs

Thousands of subdivisions across the country have been abandoned mid-development by owners and developers hit hard by the economic recession. This video takes a tour inside one of these "zombie subdivisions".

October 7, 2009 - CNN

Ghost Town in Dade County

A subdivision in Florida's Dade County is left half-finished, leaving early buyers to live in a ghost town.

May 26, 2009 - The Miami Herald

In A Sign of the Times, Failed Development Demolished

A stalled housing development in a Los Angeles exurb meets the wrecking ball as completing the development became too unaffordable.

May 6, 2009 - Los Angeles Times

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