Smart Growth

Blog post
August 22, 2010, 2pm PDT

As the post-recession economy continues to plod along, those in the non-profit sector continue to face stiff funding competition. Organizations furthering the smart growth/new urbanism cause may find this to be particularly frustrating, as re-working how and where America builds has never been so important.  

Mike Lydon
August 4, 2010, 2pm PDT
Using the 15-year-old transformation of Rockville, MD's mall-centered downtown to a mixed-use town square as an example, the real estate industry sees the suburban-to-urban lifestyle change spreading across much of the country.
Reuters via ABC News/Money
June 5, 2010, 1pm PDT
Nature writer David Oates embeds himself in green, urban Portland and finds much to like about the green city movement but also much room for improvement.
May 24, 2010, 5am PDT
A video created for the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) presents a serious look at what infill development would look like in Ventura and Fullerton.
The Source: Transportation News and Views
Blog post
May 20, 2010, 8am PDT

There are various ways to define building sustainability. A narrow perspective assumes that sustainable development simply means that buildings minimize energy consumption and climate change emissions, but a broader perspective recognizes that sustainability requires consideration of additional economic, social and other environmental impacts, such as lifecycle affordability, social equity, community integration, public health and safety, and land use impacts.

Todd Litman
May 13, 2010, 5am PDT
In Albany, NY, a "complete streets" bill that would dictate that all new roads follow guidelines for bike and ped accessibility is gaining ground as it passes through the state Congress.
May 10, 2010, 6am PDT
Wisconsin looks back at tens years with a smart growth law in effect, with most critics calling it a success with some room for improvement.
Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel
April 28, 2010, 12pm PDT
Rockville Pike, Maryland has grown haphazardly and auto-centrically for the past few decades. A group of developers has brought planners and politicians together to makeover the town with smart growth principles.
The New York Times
April 25, 2010, 5am PDT
Roger K. Lewis of The Washington Post paints a reassuring picture for suburban homeowners frightened of smart growth. Home values will go up, and you'll be able to walk to get a cup of coffee, says Lewis.
The Washington Post
April 16, 2010, 8am PDT
Wyandanch, in Babylon, NY is using an old asset to become new urban.
New Urban News
April 14, 2010, 6am PDT
The school board of Chicopee, Massachusetts is concerned that a proposed smart growth district would overwhelm the school system.
The Republican
April 12, 2010, 12pm PDT
In his commentary, Rob Steuteville questions whether we should work toward sustaining what we have, or building a more resilient future.
New Urban News
April 4, 2010, 7am PDT
Aaron Renn, The Urbanophile, argues that the stats actually show that cities are losing people in their urban cores, not gaining them.
New Geography
April 1, 2010, 12pm PDT
Dockside Green, a development in Victoria, B.C., is a breathtaking model of urban regeneration, brownfield reuse, green design, and community building, says Ken Pirie. A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments
March 29, 2010, 9am PDT
The EPA reports that residential construction in cities has outpaced the building of suburban homes, and that the reason is not planners dictating smart growth but the personal preference of homebuyers and renters.
March 2, 2010, 12pm PST
The desire to create walkable neighborhoods is alive in cities around the U.S., but the recession has made it difficult or impossible to follow through.
Washington Examiner
March 2, 2010, 11am PST
In the late '90s a trio of North Carolina suburbs tried to ditch their suburban past with a new, much lauded Smart Growth planning effort that revised the way they used their land. The success of the celebrated developments didn't last long.
February 25, 2010, 1pm PST
A pro-smart growth group in Lockport, NY attempted to stop a WalMart Supercenter from being built in their town, but the state supreme court rejected their appeal.
The Buffalo News
February 25, 2010, 12pm PST
HUD, DOT and EPA have pulled together under the Obama administration's direction to create sustainable communities, and Sen. Chris Dodd is trying to make it official with a new office under HUD. But can smart growth policies survive the politics?
Blog post
February 15, 2010, 9am PST

As managing editor of Planetizen, I'd like to make a quick note on today's op-ed, Resisting Dickensian Gloom by Tony Recsei. Mr Recsei asked for a chance to respond to a recent criticism of his work by Planetizen regular Michael Dudley. It is our policy at Planetizen to allow points of view that are critical of the status quo in urban planning, so I agreed to run the piece. I did ask Mr. Recsei to tone down some of the more personal attacks on smart growthers so that his points could be presented more clearly to our audience, and I believe he has done that.

Tim Halbur