Basement Apartment

The 2010s: The Decade of the Suburban Rental

Census data reveal a growing number of suburbs are home to a majority of renters. The data challenges the "very definition of suburban living," according to this article.

September 28, 2021 - RentCafé

Suburban development in Long Island, NY

What Is a Suburb?

Another term lacking a consensus definition in the field of planning, "suburb" is usually deployed to describe residential communities outside central urban areas.

September 23, 2021 - James Brasuell

Suburban Alley

How to Define the Suburban: HUD Survey Sheds New Light

A new HUD survey could help change the way the federal government defines the "suburban"—a notoriously tricky proposition.

July 1, 2020 - Office and Policy Development and Research

Model Neighborhood

Urban, Suburban, or Rural?

The Pew Research Center digs into a question of definitions, fraught with exceptions and subjectivity.

November 25, 2019 - Decoded - Pew Research Center

Aerial photo of the US 131/M-6/68th St. interchange in Wyoming, MIchigan

Where Gas Taxes Only Serve the Needs of More Sprawl

The gas tax, suburban highway spending cycle is both self-serving and self-destructive, according to this article.

March 14, 2019 - Streetsblog USA

Suburban Lawns

When Analyzing Suburbs, Definitions Matter

The definitions of suburban chosen by researchers tend to fall into three categories—and each has a significant impact and the results of academic inquiry.

February 22, 2019 - Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University

Suburban Arizona

According to the Federal Government, the Suburbs Don't Exist

The federal government has no official definition of suburban, even though a majority of Americans say they live in suburban communities.

November 21, 2018 - CityLab

Texas Apartments

Is the Urban-Suburban Divide Destined to Disappear?

In a new book, Hans Westlund and Tigran Haas argue that the global knowledge economy is radically reshaping urban development. Eventually, they say, it'll render meaningless our present notions of "urban," "suburban," and "rural."

September 20, 2018 - Regional Studies Association

Exurbs Black and White

More Common Ground Sought for the 'Future of Suburbia'

A review of the recent "Future of Suburbia" event held at the Center for Advanced Urbanism at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

June 15, 2016 - Architect

The Good Old Days of Suburban Development (or Not)

Numerous popular and academic writers from the 1950s and 1960s critiqued suburban development patterns and found them wanting.

May 26, 2016 - Curbed

Suburban Rowhouses

The Suburban Future

It's not a popular viewpoint, but what if suburbs end up being more critical to a sustainable and efficient future than dense urban areas?

May 17, 2016 - Smithsonian Magazine

Revisiting the Archetypal Post-War Suburb

A CityLab article takes a trip to Levittown, Pennsylvania for a lesson in how places change, even when some places stay the same.

March 2, 2016 - CityLab

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

Not in my back yard

Battle Cry of the Suburban Majority

According to Joel Kotkin, the next culture war will be fought over how and where Americans choose to live. It's suburbs vs. cities, again.

July 10, 2015 - Real Clear Politics

Bill Would Except Marin County from California Affordable Housing Mandate

A bill to create an exception for Marin County for meeting it's state affordable housing requirements is sailing through the legislature and even has the support of affordable housing developers.

May 30, 2014 - Marin Independent Journal

Housing Price Increases in Urban Areas Outpace Suburbs

As we've heard recently, home prices are on the rise throughout the United States. New research from Jed Kolko shows that increases are particularly acute in areas with high rises, multi-family housing, and a diversity of residents.

June 25, 2013 - The Atlantic Cities

City Growth Picks Up, Continues to Outpace Suburbs

New census data shows that America's cities continue to grow at a faster rate than their suburbs, sustaining the reversal of a decades-long trend.

May 23, 2013 - The Wall Street Journal

To Stretch Strained Municipal Budgets, Build Smart

Utilizing 17 case studies, a new report from Smart Growth America examines the costs and benefits of competing development strategies. Any way you slice it, smart growth strategies are more financially prudent than building sprawl.

May 22, 2013 - DC.Streetsblog

Ways to Fail at Form-Based Codes 04: Don’t Capture the Character

Form-based codes extract the DNA of the desired local character, and enable it by right. Hazel Borys talks about how to get the numbers right in this week's Back of the Envelope.

May 17, 2013 - PlaceShakers

Walkable Infill Proves Its Worth

A study of three different development types in Nashville shows that mixed-use infill projects deliver an exponentially greater return on investment than traditional suburban, or even New Urbanist-style, greenfield development.

May 9, 2013 - DC.Streetsblog

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