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Retrofitting the Suburbs to be More Sustainable

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    The Suburbs Are Dead, Long Live the Suburbs
    ERIC JAFFEAUG 27, 2013

    Regular readers of The Atlantic Cities will be familiar with most of the social trends that Leigh Gallagher of Fortune magazine tracks to produce the title argument of her new book, The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream Is Moving. Population growth is on the rise in city centers (though total population still favors suburbs), Millennials seem less keen to drive than their parents were, urban home values are increasing faster than suburban ones. The list can and does go on.

    What any interested reader will recognize, however, is how well Gallagher welds this enormous amount of data together. The result is a post-mortem worthy of the great American suburban experiment. Which, let’s face it, housed so many of us for so long — and which isn’t quite over, as Gallagher explains, but will never be the same again.

    READ MORE: http://www.theatlanticcities.com/housing/2013/08/suburbs-are-dead-long-live-suburbs/6680/

    #455133

    Alex Silbajoris
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    Holy crap I’m glad my lot isn’t graded like those.

    #455134

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    Monday, September 9, 2013
    Suburbs Aren’t the Problem — It’s Bad 20th Century Design
    by Angie Schmitt

    It’s easy to take shots at “the suburbs,” a catchall term that evokes big box stores, fields of parking lots, and social exclusion. But suburbs don’t have to be designed around driving, writes David Levinson at Streets.mn. Many of these places just had the misfortune to be developed at a time when awful planning practices were ascendant:

    READ MORE: http://streetsblog.net/2013/09/09/suburbs-arent-the-problem-its-bad-20th-century-design/

    #455135

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    A Suburban Revolution
    Posted October 8, 2013

    Suburbs. This is a word that usually conjures up certain images, of green lawns and tree-lined streets, an idyllic vision of family life; of sprawl, generic strip-malls and cookie-cutter homes. While these elements are part of suburbia, the suburbs are much more diverse than the stereotypical landscapes of single-family homes and middle-class lifestyles. The Suburban Revolution conference held at York University in Toronto highlighted the diversity of suburbs in the Greater Toronto Area and around the world, emphasizing an area too often neglected by policy-makers, academics, and journalists.

    READ MORE: http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/hassanarif/183766/suburban-revolution

    #455136

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    Could suburbs be self-powering?
    October 10, 2013

    It’s no secret that living in the suburbs is a tad energy intensive. Low-density living practically requires owning and driving a car, which consumes a large portion of suburban households’ energy budgets. But there’s an upside to sprawl, too—plenty of space for solar panels.

    READ MORE: http://persquaremile.com/2013/10/10/suburbs-self-powering/

    #455137

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    Thursday, October 17, 2013
    Suburbs Take Center Stage Among Bicycle Friendly Communities
    by Tanya Snyderb

    Where are the newest Bicycle Friendly Communities? Many of them are in the ‘burbs. As we mentioned a few days ago, more suburban-style communities received the League of American Bicyclists’ BFC honor this week. That’s a shift from previous years. “The national boom in biking has officially found a pedal-hold in a previously unlikely place: the suburbs,” writes the League’s Liz Murphy. “Urban centers aren’t the only areas making biking better for millions of Americans.”

    READ MORE: http://dc.streetsblog.org/2013/10/17/suburbs-take-center-stage-among-bicycle-friendly-communities/

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    Urbanized suburbs are the future, experts say
    By Aldo Svaldi
    The Denver Post
    POSTED: 10/18/2013

    Suburbs will increasingly look like cities and older urban areas will need to become more family-friendly if they are to cope with shifting demographics, two experts told state and local economic-development officials Thursday.

    READ MORE: http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_24334621/urbanized-suburbs-are-future-experts-say

    #455139

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    Solutions for Suburban Strip Malls
    By Leslie Braunstein
    November 8, 2013

    It seemed like a good idea at the time: building low-density, single-use retail space along heavily traveled corridors and arterials, surrounded by massive parking lots. Now, however, “suburban strips are ugly and congested,” said Edward T. McMahon, ULI’s Charles E. Fraser Chair for Sustainable Development, who moderated a Fall Meeting session on repositioning suburban corridors.

    READ MORE: http://urbanland.uli.org/news/solutions-for-suburban-strip-malls/

    #455140

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    How Do We De-Suburbanise The Suburbs?
    ALISSA WALKER
    YESTERDAY 4:30 AM

    Phoenix, Arizona, is a famously fast-growing city. But, instead of growing up, the city has almost uniformly grown out, with terracotta-tiled subdivisions consuming the adjacent desert at a frightening rate: some estimates claim its suburbs grew an acre per hour during the early 2000s housing boom.

    A story on Marketplace discusses how Phoenix has been trying to reverse that pattern in recent years. Specifically, developers want to take a low-density neighbourhood called Grant Park and build a 14-acre project that will connect it to Phoenix’s urban center. The neighbourhood in question happens to be a Latino community separated from the city’s downtown both physically (by railroad tracks) and economically. Developers plan to add housing and commercial space that would deliver services for residents but also lure people from the nearby downtown towers, creating a unified urbanised corridor.

    READ MORE: http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2014/01/how-do-we-de-suburbanize-the-suburbs/

    #455141

    NEOBuckeye
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    I liked Phoenix each of the three times I visited that city, and at one point thought I might even move there. On my most recent visit though, in 2009, it was quite apparent to me that all the excessive sprawl into the desert was going to be a serious long-term liability for them. Like Las Vegas, there are simply way too many people in a region where there is too little water and other resources to keep it all going.

    Doesn’t matter at this point whether or not they hire the entire Congress of the New Urbanism to redesign and urbanize the city. If they can’t keep water coming through the tap, they are finished, and likely will be by mid-century if not before.

    #455142

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    Not All Young People will Abandon their Cars and Leave the Suburbs
    Posted January 27, 2014

    Not all young people will abandon their cars and leave the suburbs, so lets start the conversation on how to make them better. We have work to do.

    READ MORE: http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/city-life/217986/not-all-young-people-will-abandon-their-cars-and-leave-suburbs

    #455143

    Achekov
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    News said:
    Not All Young People will Abandon their Cars and Leave the Suburbs
    Posted January 27, 2014

    Not all young people will abandon their cars and leave the suburbs, so lets start the conversation on how to make them better. We have work to do.

    READ MORE: http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/city-life/217986/not-all-young-people-will-abandon-their-cars-and-leave-suburbs

    So, their solution to making suburbs more sustainable is to pack more people into them and make them denser? I LOL’ed.

    #455144

    Alex Silbajoris
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    That image looks like a firestorm stoked up and waiting to happen.

    #455145

    InnerCore
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    Achekov said:
    So, their solution to making suburbs more sustainable is to pack more people into them and make them denser? I LOL’ed.

    Yes, that’s pretty much the definition of sustainability.

    #455146
    rus
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    InnerCore said:
    Yes, that’s pretty much the definition of sustainability.

    Wow. Such density. So sustainable. Much closeness.

    ;)

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