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Cost of Sprawl

Blog post
April 14, 2019, 5am PDT
Defenders of suburban expansion argue that government should build more roads in order to open up more land for housing. What's wrong with that argument?
Michael Lewyn
August 3, 2017, 9am PDT
Wildfires tend to start at the Wildland-Urban Interface: those border zones between cities and the open land surrounding them. Keeping the lid on sprawl, it can be argued, would tame the inferno.
Wired
February 13, 2017, 1pm PST
After decades of sprawl, Memphis begins to reconsider its growth pattern and chart a new course towards fiscal sustainability.
Modern Cities
July 7, 2016, 7am PDT
The policy tools used to address our nation's housing shortfall often seem to worsen the problem. But this is because they ignore the underlying infrastructure and financing to support growth.
Shelterforce/Rooflines
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
August 3, 2014, 11am PDT
Any narrative of the contemporary American residential market that neglects the continued proliferation of sprawl fails to describe the complex preferences of the public.
Huffington Post Green
March 24, 2014, 9am PDT
A new book by Charles Montgomery makes the case that many of the best possible outcomes for the built environment require human interaction—whether commuting to work or walking around residential neighborhoods.
The Globe and Mail
September 4, 2013, 8am PDT
Alan Durning details the negative effects that parking requirements have on housing affordability.
Sightline Institute
September 6, 2012, 1pm PDT
The State of New Hampshire has created an interactive online tool for its municipalities to examine the impacts of different land use scenarios, in the hopes of promoting smart growth. Geneva Faulkner describes how it works.
Engaging Cities