November 15, 2010, 8am PST
A new group of activists in Los Angeles is warning that recently approved changes to the city's planning code could make it easier for transit-related projects to be approved even if they are not in alignment with neighborhood planning documents.
November 9, 2010, 6am PST
Aerial photographs by photographer Christoph Gielen turn sprawl into beautiful, abstracted images.
November 7, 2010, 1pm PST
Bill Fulton looks at Wendell Cox's new study linking regulation to high home prices and concludes that it is based on self-fulfilling assumptions.
California Planning & Development Report
October 22, 2010, 5am PDT
There seems to be a lot of rhetoric pitting suburbs and cities against each other in some sort of ideological war. But, as this piece from <em>Grist</em> asks, is that war even real?
October 18, 2010, 10am PDT
Sprawl repair should be pursued using a comprehensive method based on urban design, regulation, and strategies for funding and incentives – the same instruments that made sprawl the prevale
October 18, 2010, 8am PDT
In an op-ed, Andres Duany and Jeff Speck discuss how the effects of sprawl they revealed years ago with the release of their book Suburban Sprawl is today being proven.
October 17, 2010, 7am PDT
Dense cities, argues Daniel Garst, are shaped like a pyramid, with the most density in the middle and sloping sides. Beijing, on the other hand, has developed more like a circus tent, with density at the sides but single-story homes in the middle.
October 13, 2010, 11am PDT
Every so often, I read something describing defenders of sprawl as "contrarians", implying that they are underdogs fighting against the elitist, anti-sprawl Establishment. For example, when I did a google.com search for sites including Robert Bruegmann (author of one of the better defenses of the status quo) and the word "contrarian" I found over 1400 "hits." Similarly, a search for websites using the terms "smart growth" and "elitist" yielded over 6000 hits.
But realistically, most of the U.S. built environment is sprawl by any concievable definition. So how can it be "contrarian" to defend the status quo?
October 11, 2010, 7am PDT
CEOs for Cities recently published a blistering criticism of The Texas Transportation Institute's "Urban Mobility Report", saying that the way they measure mobility helps justify sprawl. Norman W. Garrick says CEOs for Cities doesn't go far enough.
October 11, 2010, 6am PDT
In the face of a recent report showing that sprawl was rapidly eating up developable land in New Jersey, developers have begun to ditch the McMansion in favor of taller and more dense projects.
October 10, 2010, 11am PDT
CNN's Richard Quest takes an incredulous look at the changes brewing in Los Angeles as downtown revitalizes and the city densifies.
October 6, 2010, 12pm PDT
A new report suggests that making policies in Canada to avoid urban sprawl development will reduce pollution and boost the economy.
October 3, 2010, 9am PDT
We've been measuring traffic congestion all wrong, a new report shows, and that's been making more highways look like the solution to long commutes. They're not.
October 1, 2010, 8am PDT
Sprawl affects the length of commutes, according to a new study from CEOs for Cities. <em>GOOD</em> visualizes the data with this infographic.
September 30, 2010, 10am PDT
Analysis indicates that compact development reduces the time urban residents spent in traffic and requires less spending on highways.
Driven Apart: How Sprawl Is Lengthening Our Commutes and Why Misleading Mobility Measures Are Making Things Worse
September 27, 2010, 7am PDT
Habitat fragmentation linked with urban sprawl and development has been shown to negatively impact biological diversity in animals, according to new research.
September 20, 2010, 9am PDT
Writing in <em>The New York Times</em>, Geoff Manaugh looks at Christoph Gielen's aerial photography of urban development and sprawl.
September 17, 2010, 6am PDT
This commentary from church architect Randy Bright argues that New Urbanists unfairly attack church sprawl, and that the cost of developing denser communities is the freedom of the people.
September 15, 2010, 11am PDT
Studies comparing tax revenues from a per-acre perspective show significant gains for municipalities with dense, mixed-use development.
August 19, 2010, 11am PDT
The new album by Arcade Fire is themed around suburban sprawl, offering an interesting commentary on city planning and development.