suburbs

The (Not Quite So) Suburban Jewish Holiday

I have written about the uneasy relationship between Judaism and suburbanization: low density makes it difficult for Jews to live within walking distance of synagogues and generally makes it difficult to create a cohesive community.    ... read more »

Who Should Really Favor "Burning Down The Suburbs"?

National Review's website contains an article accusing President Obama of "Burning Down the Suburbs."  The article's basic claim is in the first paragraph: "Obama is a longtime supporter of “regionalism,” the idea that the suburbs should be folded into the cities, merging schools, housing,... read more »

Sprawl With A Human Face

I just did something I wanted to do since moving to New York: visited Levittown, a historic postwar suburb.  Photos of my visit are here.   ... read more »

The no-lose argument

There will always be those who argue that the suburb-dominated status quo is inevitable.   When cities were declining, they had an easy case to make.  They could argue: "look, cities are declining so suburbia is inevitably the wave of the future!" Then when cities started to gain populatio... read more »

NPR talk with Ellen Dunham Jones: Retrofitting Suburbia

Ellen Dunham-Jones, CNU Board Chair, was recently featured on NPR's TED Radio Hour discussing America's suburbs. Making the case that "the biggest urban revitalization projects are in the suburbs, not downtown centers," Dunham-Jones clarifies that due to the building of the suburbs without thinking ... read more »

"Suburbs" don't have to equal "Sprawl"

Great post at http://capntransit.blogspot.com/2012/04/why-we-need-walkable-transit-oriented.html .  ... read more »

Major real estate report: shift to urban living is “fundamental,” outer suburbs may “lack staying power”

Last week the Urban Land Institute and PriceWaterhouseCoopers released their well-regarded annual analysis, Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2010. ... read more »

The Geography of Carbon Emissions from Driving, with Maps

The Center for Neighborhood Technology is releasing today a new series of GIS-based maps show ... read more »

Ten Most Enlightened Suburbs - Models for the Future

At UTNE Reader Peter Katz and Jay Walljasper outline ten North American communities that are defying the notion of "suburb." ... read more »

Credit crunch hastening the demise of large tract subdivisions

Economic troubles are causing home buyers and developers to reconsider the housing trends that have defined american suburbs for 50 years. ... read more »