suburbs

My Generation Chooses Urbanism (More Than Its Parents, Anyhow)

While I was rummaging through some old files at my parents' house, I discovered two books that I thought were pretty interesting: the school directory for the boarding school I attended in the late 1970s, and the 1999 alumni directory for the same school.  As a new urbanist, my first thought wa... read more »

Nonsense about Nixon and Reagan

A recent article in the New Republic has the reassuring (to me) headline: "Republicans Can't Afford to Ignore Cities Anymore."  I'm certainly all for Republicans not ignoring cities, but there was a passage in the article that made me want to bang my head against the nearest brick wall.  ... read more »

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 »