suburbs

Kaid Benfield

The Death - and Life - of Small Downtown America

Malls and highways killed town centers. Can smart design bring them back?

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Is Detroit Becoming a Suburb?

A provocative op-ed in the Detroit News raises tough questions about Detroit's revival and other cities. 

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How the Suburbs Gave Birth to America's Most Diverse Neighborhoods

Diverse suburban neighborhoods now outnumber those in their central cities by more than two to one. Can we help guarantee their success?

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The Shopping Mall Turns 60 (and Prepares to Retire)

The inventor of the suburban indoor mall came to rue his creations. But now they are dying off anyway.

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The Urban and Suburban Fortune 500

Where the biggest American companies are located relative to cities.

Nate Berg

Urban vs. Suburban Growth in U.S. Metros

It's cities versus suburbs in these maps of population growth.

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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.

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

11 of the Best Documentaries About Cities Streaming on Netflix

Profiles of cities, their people and their dramas.

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An Atlas of Suburbanisms

Not every suburb is completely suburban, nor is every city completely urban, as a resource-rich new website helps show.

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The Death and Life of Downtown Shopping Districts

Lessons from Miami’s bold Design District experiment.

Reuters

The Pseudo-Suburbanist's Dilemma

I grew up hating the suburbs, but now I fear I might be living in one. What does this say about me?

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Why We Pay More for Walkable Neighborhoods

New data points to the economic power of walkable neighborhoods – and the high cost of living in them.

Reuters

How and Why American Cities Are Coming Back

A conversation with Alan Ehrenhalt, author of The Great Inversion, on what it means for communities across America.

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The End of Sprawl?

U.S. census data released today shows a decline in exurban populations.

Brookings Institution

What U.S. Population Trends From the 2000s Tell Us About the Future

The metro areas that saw the greatest slowdown in the previous decades were the ones that saw the biggest booms in the 1990s.

21st Century Parks

Louisville's Mega-Park

The Parklands will transform stalled developments and vacant farmland into an ambitious park system.

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In Toronto, a Major Victory for Light Rail

The city council just defeated an effort to build subways out of the city. What's next?

SvR Design

Urbanizing the Suburban Street

A community tries some relatively pain-free fixes to make its streets greener and more walkable

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Building a Better 'Burb, With Envy

A Long Island group is working to figure out how its village communities can attract and keep more young people