Sprawl

August 12, 2015, 8am PDT
The legacy of sprawl in and around Houston has forced local officials to seek $700 million in bond funding (part of an $848 million bond package) to pay for road improvement projects.
Community Impact Newspaper
August 5, 2015, 11am PDT
Is the challenge of retrofitting sprawl intractable or unavoidable?
Better Cities & Towns
July 30, 2015, 8am PDT
Central districts have been surging back since the 1980s. But in most cities, the upper third of earners still favor outlying areas and are underrepresented closer to downtown.
City Observatory City Commentary
July 30, 2015, 5am PDT
It's been a while since 2008, and a new crop of homeowners is colonizing the far-flung exurbs. Mostly foreclosed and even abandoned last time around, the exurbs are still a risky buy.
Bloomberg Business
July 27, 2015, 8am PDT
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.
Grist
July 24, 2015, 2pm PDT
A World Research Institute report offers seven prescriptions for designing safer cities. At the top of the list: avoid sprawl.
Motherboard
July 15, 2015, 7am PDT
A Denver Post op-ed critiques the arguments employed to make the case for density in Denver.
The Denver Post
June 30, 2015, 8am PDT
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.
The City Fix
June 29, 2015, 12pm PDT
Climate change and sprawl are identified as the culprits in the eradication of critical natural habitat by the year 2050.
SaportaReport
June 23, 2015, 11am PDT
St. Cloud, Minnesota is considering the question of whether to renovate or rebuild—and where to rebuild—a local high school.
SCTimes
June 16, 2015, 6am PDT
A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds evidence of the decline of sprawl as the dominant form of construction in the United States and attracted lots of media attention in the process.
Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences
June 8, 2015, 6am PDT
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.
Bloomberg
June 1, 2015, 11am PDT
To curb suburban "sprawl on steroids" and foster higher density infill in Portland, a shift in planning strategy is needed, according to Rick Potestio, the principal of Potestio Studio, an architecture and design firm based in the city.
UrbDeZine
Feature
May 20, 2015, 7am PDT
What would a policy that requires development to make more efficient use of land and resources (like water, for instance) look like?
Eliot Allen
May 19, 2015, 7am PDT
The "health, safety, and general welfare" of our communities are poorly served by the outcomes of the status quo.
PlaceShakers
May 12, 2015, 12pm PDT
A favorite in Europe but rare in the United States, urban growth boundaries are intended to keep cities compact and hinterlands green. The few American cities with UGB's are trying to figuring out how to use them effectively.
ASLA The Dirt
May 10, 2015, 5am PDT
Famously far-flung Atlanta is finding a comforting psychic barrier in the BeltLine, a 45-mile greenbelt in the place of former railroad tracks. The city and developers are trying to make the urban core more functional and attractive.
The Architect's Newspaper
April 28, 2015, 6am PDT
For the Charlotte Observer, Ely Portillo reports on a forum calling for urbanist reforms and doubts whether auto-loving residents will be receptive.
The Charlotte Observer
April 17, 2015, 5am PDT
The work of Marcus Lyons replicates images of already sprawling human development to the breaking point and maybe beyond.
CityLab
Blog post
April 13, 2015, 9am PDT
What amount of expansion, population and vehicle densities, housing mix, and transport policies should growing cities aspire to achieve? This column summarizes my recent research that explores these, and related, issues.
Todd Litman