Sprawl

America Is a Walking Disaster

In much of the country, walking – that most basic and human method of movement, and the one most important to our health – is all but impossible.

Sprawl Could Kill Off 34 Million Acres of American Forest by 2060

According to a new study, urban and developed land areas will increase 41 percent.

The 5 Most Important Sustainability Stories of 2013

A new rise of suburban sprawl, getting serious about climate change and more.

What Are the 7 Keys to a Strong Community?

Parks, community schools, and other essential elements.

Pre-Sprawl Aerial Images: 'The Next Best Thing to a Time Machine'

Compare every corner of Connecticut, from 1934 to today.

Could Parking Lot Walkways Point the Way to Walkable Redevelopment?

It’s all about the future street pattern.

The Fiscal Conservative's Case Against Sprawl

In his new book, Chuck Marohn explains how sprawl is like a Ponzi scheme.

High Density Sprawl Is Still Sprawl

Don't be fooled - sprawl is about much more than the number of homes per acre.

New Research Finds Urban Form Plays Little Role in Sustainability

The compactness of cities may not be a determining factor when it comes to energy use.

The Junk Food Attitude Toward Place

We consume these places without thinking, like potato chips in front of the television, and America is full of them.

The Grave Health Risks of Unwalkable Communities

Our car-dependent lifestyle has led to a dramatic rise in obesity-related illnesses. But we can do something about it.

What If the Housing Bust Wasn’t a Game-Changer?

Something dramatic has to happen to fundamentally change how and where Americans live. But what if the recession wasn't it?

Debating the Root Causes of Zombie Infrastructure

A vacant Michigan strip mall becomes a symbol in a Congressional primary race, but it's really part of a much broader problem.

The Cost of Sprawl on Clean Water

The way we grow could have a major impact on water quality in the future.

Housing Recovery Tied to Walkability, But It May Depend On Where You Are

A new analysis finds that the weakest segment of the market is in outer and smaller suburbs.

1950s General Motors Propaganda Film: Solution to Congestion Is More Roads

More parking, lane miles was the automaker's prescription at mid-century, with a cameo from Robert Moses.

How To Talk About Cities Without Ticking Off Folks Who Don't Live There

Because “smart growth” can sound like code for “the rest of you are dumb.”

Are Satellite Cities the Key to the Future?

In a lot of cases, they may be the best way for metros to grow without succumbing to sprawl.

40 Years of Las Vegas Sprawl, as Seen From Space

NASA images show the desert city's massive growth spurt.