Sprawl

Blog post
December 27, 2016, 9am PST
Has the smart growth movement succeeded? It depends how you measure "success."
Michael Lewyn
December 19, 2016, 7am PST
The city of Snoqualimie's requests to expand in to "rural" King County has been denied.
KUOW
Blog post
December 14, 2016, 2pm PST
Yes, sprawl is still bad for the environment.
Michael Lewyn
November 23, 2016, 7am PST
Changes in state law that rolls back regulations on septic systems could spark more residential sprawl in Maryland's rural areas.
MyEasternShoreMD
November 23, 2016, 6am PST
Providence, Rhode Island is one of many cities to get mall-like retail center built with walkability in mind and set around a Plaza.
Providence Journal
Blog post
November 21, 2016, 10am PST
In 2016, Republicans did worse than usual in affluent sprawl suburbs, while gaining a little ground in working-class cities.
Michael Lewyn
November 10, 2016, 8am PST
Subdivision Staging Policy stirs passion and, some hope, progress in the Washington, D.C. suburbs of Montgomery County.
The Washington Post
October 25, 2016, 8am PDT
An example from St. Louis County shows one way that sprawl is subsidized by areas closer to the regional center.
nextSTL
October 21, 2016, 8am PDT
In a Forbes piece, Joel Kotkin details the rapid growth in population and economy (especially jobs) of Austin and San Antonio and the emerging city of San Marcos between the two.
Forbes
October 18, 2016, 9am PDT
Ten newspapers have joined California Gov. Jerry Brown in opposing Proposition 51, a $9 billion bond ballot measure endorsed by both Democrats, including the lieutenant governor, and Republicans.
Planetizen
October 17, 2016, 12pm PDT
New research looks into how commuting times in the Houston area effect on housing prices.
Houston Business Journal
Blog post
October 11, 2016, 2pm PDT
Some commentators on urban containment treat the issue as all-or-nothing: either strict limits on suburban development are good public policy everywhere, or they are good public policy nowhere. Perhaps a more nuanced view is appropriate.
Michael Lewyn
October 7, 2016, 5am PDT
Imagine a built environment that starts from a central location of Scottsdale, Arizona, sprawling outwards until it covers 70 percent of all land on Earth.
The Onion
October 4, 2016, 11am PDT
The agrihood development trend is gaining traction around the country. Orlando County commissioners approved the latest, large example.
Orlando Business Journal
October 4, 2016, 10am PDT
Recent suggestions from Philadelphia's City Council threaten the city's rebound and could turn swaths of Philadelphia into suburbia, argues Inga Saffron in a recent opinion piece.
The Philadelphia Enquirer
Blog post
September 21, 2016, 2pm PDT
A blog post comparing the Athens Charter, written by modernist architects in the 1930s, to traditional urbanism and modern sprawl.
Michael Lewyn
September 17, 2016, 5am PDT
This week featured good news on the economy like it was pre-2008.
Planetizen
September 16, 2016, 10am PDT
Research from BuildZoom, a San Francisco-based contractors' website, shows that housing affordability increases with a region's ability to build outwards, as opposed to upwards. Densification largely has not accompanied efforts to curb sprawl.
The Wall Street Journal
September 7, 2016, 9am PDT
Joe Mathews of Zócalo Public Square views with a great deal of skepticism the urban growth boundaries the voters of Ventura County adjacent to Los Angeles County have enacted since 1995 due to the lack of infill. Another measure is on the ballot.
San Francisco Chronicle
September 6, 2016, 10am PDT
The Houston Chronicle continues a series of feature articles about the persistent flooding of the region. The latest installment examines the tenuous position of the Addicks and Barker dams.
Houston Chronicle