Suburbia

Suburban Neighborhood

Homeownership—American Dream or Nightmare?

Owning a home has long been considered the ultimate aspiration. But social and economic realities mean the stories about and the path to homeownership are not simple and straightforward.

December 13, 2019 - Curbed

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Opinion: The Old Visions of Suburbia Are an Anachronism

Low-density suburbs are on their way out, and the suburbs of the future will better address the present-day needs of the people living in them.

October 7, 2019 - Common Edge

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Easy Ways to Boost Suburban Transit

New research outlines how to make public transportation a better option for suburban commuters.

May 13, 2019 - Streetsblog USA

Sprawl

The Tax Code's Special Interest: Suburban Real Estate

Suburbia isn't an accident.

August 24, 2017 - Devon Marisa Zuegel

The 'Steady Decline' of Suburban America

Al Jazeera created a video that documents the decline of suburbia.

August 14, 2017 - Al Jazeera

Rich Suburban House

Friday Funny: A Survey to Rate the Greatness of Driveways

Yeah, this is a weird one.

January 13, 2017 - Clickhole

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

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

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What's So Urban About the Suburbs?

A new book makes the case for suburban urbanity.

January 12, 2016 - CityLab

Minnesota History Center Exhibit Makes Room for Suburban Romance

"Suburbia," opening today at the new Minnesota History Center in St. Paul, allows a portrait of suburban living that goes well beyond the mundane. By redefining the history suburbia, the exhibit also tracks the contemporary evolution of suburbs.

October 17, 2015 - Minneapolis Star Tribune

High School Football

Op-Ed: Stop Attacking My Suburb!

A proud suburban resident defends her neighborhood from the criticisms of city-dwellers. It's not walkable, it's not perfect, but it's home.

September 22, 2015 - Star Tribune

Suburbia

Aging Boomer Suburbanites: The Coming Transit Disaster

The suburbs are not conducive to the aging baby boomers that populate them. How do we prepare?

August 31, 2015 - Mother Nature Network

Suburban multi-family

Debating the Feasibility of Retrofitting Suburbia

Is the challenge of retrofitting sprawl intractable or unavoidable?

August 5, 2015 - Better Cities & Towns

Yuppies Out

Op-Ed: Newer Model Density Falls Short of its Promise

The general principle is simple: more density equals lower prices and less environmental impact. But suburbia's imprint is deep, both on cities themselves and on how we expect to inhabit them.

July 27, 2015 - Grist

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Maryland Parking Lots Go Underground

For a long time, surface parking lots blanketed Maryland's Montgomery County. Developers and county officials now prioritize mixed-use infill with parking concealed underground.

July 7, 2015 - WAMU

Suburbia

American Suburbia Transplanted to Beijing

Chinese and Indian cities have been quick to welcome housing developments modeled on North American suburbs, including "Orange County" and "Vancouver Forest" in Beijing. This globalized sprawl perpetuates all the ills of our own.

June 30, 2015 - The City Fix

McMansion

More McMansions: Upscaling Suburbia

According to this article, the market forces behind large home construction are alive and well. In a process of suburban gentrification, developers purchase older, smaller homes and build "McMansions" in their place.

June 8, 2015 - Bloomberg

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How Driverless Cars Could Affect Suburban Land Use

Successful driverless cars might lead to "mini mass transit," a distinct mode from public transit and the private automobile. The consequences for land use could reshape suburbia.

March 8, 2015 - The Greater Marin

Ocean Grove Sidewalk

Retrofitting Suburban Downtowns for Walkability

Ian Law of Place Alliance spoke to the 2014 ASLA Annual Meeting in Denver at the end of November about what it takes to accomplish a vision for a more dense, walkable suburban downtown.

December 15, 2014 - ASLA The Dirt

Fall Sprawl

Job Sprawl and Commuting Times

Suburbanization has not led to shorter commutes—except perhaps for residents of the most job-rich, affluent suburbs.

May 9, 2014 - Michael Lewyn

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