Suburbs

July 16, 2015, 6am PDT
An article in City Observatory's City Commentary sheds light on an underreported fact of life in some parts of the country: suburban displacement.
City Commentary
July 15, 2015, 9am PDT
Alana Semuels describes the structural forces that had led Cincinnati's Lincoln Heights neighborhood to the brink of extinction.
The Atlantic
July 4, 2015, 7am PDT
The focal point of California's vast Inland Empire, the suburban city of San Bernardino was brought to its knees by the Great Recession. Its civic bankruptcy and its emergence as a suburban slum is perhaps America's most tragic story of urban sprawl.
Los Angeles Times
June 29, 2015, 5am PDT
Well-known in transportation planning circles, Houten's suburban multi-modality can be found almost nowhere else. Perimeter ring roads, train access, and bike-friendly features have cut car trips down to 44 percent.
CityLab
June 17, 2015, 5am PDT
Ride-hailing services have already conquered center cities, with companies like Uber and Lyft changing the landscape for commuters, visitors, and late-night revelers alike. The next challenge: solving the suburban-to-urban commute.
InTransition
Blog post
June 1, 2015, 12pm PDT
Recent stories claiming that millenials either (a) prefer cities to suburbs or (b) prefer suburbs to cities both have some basis in reality.
Michael Lewyn
May 27, 2015, 11am PDT
Analysis from the Brooking Institution maps the so-called melting-pot suburbs, where demographics closely resemble the diverse population of the country as a whole.
Brookings Institution
May 16, 2015, 1pm PDT
With their reputation for decent schools, lower crime, and affordable housing, suburbs can be an attractive prospect for young families. Can cities retain that demographic? Should they?
The Washington Post
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 18, 2015, 1pm PDT
American cities are often described as 'segregated,' but segregation is not always well defined. A new study reveals a distinctive pattern: American cities tend to have many small areas of affluence amid fewer, but often larger, areas of poverty.
The Atlantic
April 14, 2015, 8am PDT
What helps make a downtown family friendly? Safe places to play, safe streets, good schools and attainable housing, writes Jennifer Hill.
Community Builders
April 6, 2015, 5am PDT
Of the many reasons why the suburban lifestyle is falling out of favor with young Americans, reliance on automobiles is near the top of the list. Some suburbs are now figuring out that, to attract Millennials, they must also invest in better transit.
The Washington Post
March 30, 2015, 7am PDT
For nearly a decade, the narrative of the move back to the city has held sway in American life. But newly analyzed Census data indicate that the presumed death of the suburbs may have been premature.
The Washington Post - Blogs
March 26, 2015, 12pm PDT
Small-scale development on single lots is an alternative to the centralized mid-rise norm. But this kind of classic infilling may not be as easy as build-it-and-they-will-come.
Streets.MN
March 12, 2015, 2pm PDT
In an interview, architect Renzo Piano says European suburbs are not desolate. He argues they shouldn't be treated as such in the quest for cohesive cities.
WNYC
March 11, 2015, 8am PDT
Southern California's Orange County isn't exactly known for its walkability. Frank H. Wu decided to test that notion on a recent carless visit.
Huffington Post
March 5, 2015, 12pm PST
A new think tank to promote suburban growth has been established in Houston by arguably the media's highest-profile supporters of suburban growth.
Houston Chronicle
February 24, 2015, 11am PST
Most of the suburbs of the 20th century weren't designed to last more than a generation or two. As many suburbs decay, or get replaced by farther-flung rings of new bedroom communities, Carmel, Indiana is trying something different.
New Geography
February 22, 2015, 11am PST
Although it hosts some of the nation’s first and most successful auto suburbs, Long Island has experienced a downturn. This infographic-focused piece delves into the reasons why.
CityLab
Blog post
February 19, 2015, 5am PST
In suburbia, the line between smart growth and conventional sprawl is sometimes a blurry one.
Michael Lewyn