Tag Archives: Sprawl

Dense Urbanism is Great for Downtowns. But What About Suburbs?

Post-war America has largely been built around cars. Many existing cities permanently scarred themselves with new urban freeways. Though the status quo of big, bland, car-centric subdivisions retains enormous inertia, there is now a real counter-movement of urbanists trying to reclaim the virtues of pre-car towns and cities: scale, character, and walkability. Read more... Read more

The Military Declares War on Sprawl

Busy each day with thousands or tens of thousands of people, a military base is a mini-city. It has its own police, fire, and recreation departments, and even a “mayor” (the base commander). And its residents are dealing with a major public health concern—obesity. Now the U.S. Department of Defense is looking to the environment of the base itself to get its forces into shape. Read more... Read more

How Not to Create Traffic Jams, Pollution and Urban Sprawl

​The more spread out and car-oriented a city, as a result of enormous car parks, the less appealing walking and cycling become. Besides, if you know you can park free wherever you go, why not drive? The ever-growing supply of free parking in America is one reason why investments in public transport have coaxed so few people out of cars. Read more... Read more

How Can Lexington Attract Good Jobs, Not Just More Sprawl?

With demand for development in Lexington, Kentucky, finally picking up after the 2008 financial collapse, there is renewed pressure for another expansion of the Urban Services Boundary, which since 1958 has sought to control sprawl and protect Fayette County’s farmland and signature landscape. The biggest issue will likely be economic development land, because a large chunk of local government revenues come from occupational taxes. Read more... Read more

Suburbs Increasingly View Their Auto-Centric Sprawl as a Health Hazard

Planners in Prince George’s County have talked for years about reshaping communities to help residents fetch a gallon of milk via a walk or bicycle ride, rather than add to stifling traffic congestion by having to drive. But planners say they’re increasingly treating the Maryland county’s low-density, auto-dependent design as more than a traffic problem. More often, they say, they’re considering sprawl a health hazard. Read more... Read more

Fresno Seeks to Shed Its Legacy as a ‘Poster Child for Suburban Sprawl’

Attracting commercial tenants to property in downtown Fresno, California was a tough sell even a few years ago. But public sector initiatives including high-speed rail, tax incentives, and a zoning code overhaul have helped propel what some believe will be a renaissance in downtown Fresno, a transformation that involves not just businesses filling up new office space, but also plans for substantial new housing. Read more... Read more
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