Meanwhile, Blue America is centered in denser, more compact metros and cities.
Sprawl correlates with higher rates of obesity, traffic fatalities, ozone pollution, and lack of social capital.
The challenge is to design ways to soften the effects of these necessary evils.
As I-81 nears the end of its functional life, a city struggles to decide the best way forward.
From horse-drawn carriages to the resurgence of downtowns.
Understanding mistakes of the past can help guide U.S. transportation policy in the future.
Part street, part road, 'stroads' are unsafe, ugly, and bad for local economies.
How cars slowly took over our lives, and our transportation options.
What Atlanta's shifting real estate landscape might mean for the future of the country.
After Hurricane Sandy, tight neighborhoods and centralized infrastructure recovered more quickly than spread-out areas.
Loudoun County was once one of the most beautiful in Virginia. Now it's just a massively sprawling suburb.
The most sustainable development in the wrong location will create more environmental problems than it will solve.
Lessons on preserving the urban core from the nation's capital.
A judge rules that Wisconsin can't enlarge a major freeway without studying the project's impact on sprawl and public transit users.
Officials say the canal will fuel the country's economy. But opponents worry it will add to runaway sprawl and rampant water pollution.
When it comes to development, local desires often render state smart growth incentives insufficient.
In infrastructure, service delivery and tax receipts.
Measuring the "social interaction potential" of place.
It's not the spread-out icons of Phoenix and Las Vegas, but rather pockets of the South Atlantic, Texas and the Pacific Northwest.
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.