June 15, 2012, 5am PDT
A new report from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies released this week claims that sprawl is poised to make a comeback after a pause driven by the recession, and not lasting changes in lifestyle choice, reports Robbie Whelan.
June 2, 2012, 5am PDT
How far outside of New York City do you have to travel to find the suburban pleasures of miniature golf, batting cages, or an Applebee's? Surprise, they can all be found in the five boroughs. Jesse McKinley seeks to explain this phenomenon.
May 26, 2012, 11am PDT
In an opinion piece for <em>The New York Times</em>, Christopher B. Leinberger summarizes a new report he's co-authored for the Brookings Institution that demonstrates the correlation between walkability and real estate value.
May 22, 2012, 8am PDT
Richard Florida speaks with Alan Ehrenhalt about the subject of his new book, <em>The Great Inversion and the Future of the American City</em>: the reversal of the last century's great shift in people and economic activity to the suburbs
April 3, 2012, 11am PDT
In this excerpt from her new book, "Before the Lights Go Out" author Maggie Koerth-Baker warns of the converging crises of peak oil and climate change on suburban areas.
March 28, 2012, 12pm PDT
A sluggish housing market has stemmed the flow of young parents into Chicago's suburbs, putting pressure on city officials to make public schools better, John Pletz reports.
March 27, 2012, 12pm PDT
A recent panel held at the Museum of Modern Art in conjunction with their current exhibition, <em>Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream</em>, provided a reality check for the visionary thinking depicted in the show, writes Jayne Merkel.
March 22, 2012, 6am PDT
As part of its "Future Tense" initiative with the New America Foundation, Slate is exploring the concept of resilience. In this article, Patrick Doherty makes the case for improving America's resilience by reconsidering suburban development.
March 20, 2012, 12pm PDT
Lisa McGirr looks at the growing challenge of suburban poverty, which in the last decade has climbed by 25 percent (almost five times faster than cities), and the larger trends that it signifies.
March 6, 2012, 7am PST
Mark Hinshaw calls an end to the use of the term "suburb" to describe the communities ringing Seattle, and the inferior connotations attached to it. It's a term that he thinks has outlived its usefulness.
February 14, 2012, 2pm PST
Justin Davidson reviews a new exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art called “Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream”, that asks architect-led teams to address the myriad problems plaguing the country's suburbs.
January 9, 2012, 10am PST
Researchers look at the largely suburban South Bay area of Los Angeles to offer ways to retrofit auto-oriented suburbs for more pedestrian travel.
October 24, 2011, 6am PDT
Jason Griffiths and Alex Gino set out in 2002 to document the unremarkable character of the American suburbs. 22,382 miles and 2,593 photographs later, they concluded that suburbia "is difficult to define."
October 18, 2011, 5am PDT
Greg Hanscom at Grist asks, if, as polls say, so many Millennials want to live in the city, why is the downtown resurgence a trickle rather than a flood?
October 11, 2011, 8am PDT
Galina Tachieva's new Sprawl Repair Manual creates a narrative and visual process for making suburbs more sustainable. The book's first chapter is available now online.
Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments
October 2, 2011, 5am PDT
The current observation is that the urban poor are moving to the suburbs. Alon Levy says that this is nothing new, and the current effects of such movement is in fact just the "tipping point" of what's been happening for the last 50 years.
September 26, 2011, 11am PDT
Kaid Benfield argues that if people are going to embrace mixed-use, denser living styles, architects and designers need to "embrace the familiar."
September 2, 2011, 5am PDT
More and more businesses in suburban Detroit are packing up an moving into the center of the city.
August 16, 2011, 6am PDT
As aid programs continue to focus on battling poverty in cities, suburban areas are becoming the new front lines.
The Brookings Institution
August 9, 2011, 11am PDT
Suburban growth has coincided with the increase in immigrant population. Yet, while immigrants account for 30 percent suburban population growth, they account for only a fifth of the increase in the poor population, a recent Brookings study showed.