Retrofitting the Suburbs to be More Sustainable
March 13, 2014 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm #942134
4 Designs To Cleverly Reinvent The Suburban Parking Lot
The sprawling parking lots of the Long Island suburbs cover almost five times as much space as New York City’s Central Park. And that’s just in and around the downtown areas alone. The Long Island Index, a project of the local Rauch Foundation, recently asked architects to design better uses for those acres of asphalt.
READ MORE: http://www.fastcoexist.com/3026727/4-designs-to-cleverly-reinvent-the-suburban-parking-lotMay 14, 2014 2:47 pm at 2:47 pm #1016227
Skyscrapers in the Subdivision
STORY BY Amanda Kolson Hurley
May 12, 2014
The truth is that the suburbs aren’t going anywhere, and the vast, varied landscape of suburbia can’t be reduced to stereotypes, be they old – Leave It to Beaver, Revolutionary Road – or new. In fact, North America’s suburbs are growing and changing fast. In the U.S., diverse suburban neighborhoods now outnumber diverse city neighborhoods by more than two to one, and diverse suburbs are growing more rapidly than predominantly white ones.
READ MORE: http://nextcity.org/forefront/view/suburbs-are-not-dead-the-future-of-retrofitted-suburbiaJune 13, 2014 8:19 pm at 8:19 pm #1024167
What Transit Will Actually Look Like in the New Suburbia
Jun 12, 2014 36 Comments
As the Manhattanization of America rolls on — the urbanization of not just our cities but our suburbs — many of these efforts are taking place in the depths of car-dependent suburbia. So while developers tout walkability, sense of community, and access to an “exciting Main Street environment,” a car may still be necessary to commute to work, or for any kind of substantial errand.
READ MORE: http://www.citylab.com/housing/2014/06/what-transit-will-actually-look-like-in-new-suburbia/372580/August 25, 2014 1:21 pm at 1:21 pm #1036814
Editorial: Lose cul-de-sacs, other suburban lessons
Julie Zimmerman, [email protected] 1:35 a.m. EDT August 24, 2014
From coast to coast, American suburbs share a common look: subdivisions of similar houses along winding streets, and separated from main thoroughfares of office and retail. But in a handful of suburbs across the country, the suburban form is slowly urbanizing. Places like Arlington, Virginia, are using transit stops to spur denser residential and commercial growth. Closer to home, suburbs like Dublin outside of Columbus and Carmel just north of Indianapolis are giving themselves urban facelifts with housing options that go beyond single-family houses with yards, and with mixed-use developments that encourage walkability.
READ MORE: http://www.cincinnati.com/story/opinion/editorials/2014/08/23/editorial-lose-cul-de-sacs-suburban-lessons/14489411/September 14, 2014 9:55 pm at 9:55 pm #1041069
Sunday, September 14th, 2014
The New Donut
Former Indianapolis Mayor Bill Hudnut used to like to say that “you can’t be a suburb of nowhere.” This is the oft-repeated notion has been a rallying cry for investments to revitalize downtowns in America for three decades or so now.
September 16, 2014 4:39 pm at 4:39 pm #1041892
It’s a worthwhile lesson …
… but I lived in Charlottesville, Virginia for three years, and I have to say that it’s possible to do a pretty good imitation of a suburb of nowhere.December 3, 2014 9:15 am at 9:15 am #1052990
Retrofitting Suburbia: It’s All About Context and Scale
12/02/2014 by Jared Green
As more sprawled-out suburban and rural communities attempt to turn abandoned, outdated shopping malls into walkable downtown destinations, the chances of things going wrong seem to rise. Developers may fail to understand context and the appropriate scale needed for a new mixed-use development. At the 2014 ASLA Annual Meeting in Denver, Ian Law, ASLA, Place Alliance, explained how even the best laid plans for retrofitting suburbia can go haywire.
December 3, 2014 10:17 am at 10:17 am #1052993
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DR. STRANGELOVE: OR HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE SPRAWL (SORT OF)
by John Sanphillippo 01/17/2015
I’m a longtime advocate of walkable, mixed-use, mixed-income, transit-served neighborhoods. But lately I’ve been having impure thoughts about suburbia. Let me explain.
READ MORE: http://www.newgeography.com/content/004828-dr-strangelove-or-how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-sprawl-sortMarch 2, 2015 12:36 am at 12:36 am #1065583
THE EMERGING NEW ASPIRATIONAL SUBURB
by Aaron M. Renn 02/10/2015
Urban form in American cities is in a constant state of evolution. Until recent years, American suburbia was often built without an appreciation for future evolution. This has left many older suburbs in a deteriorated state, and has accelerated claims of a more generalized suburban decline.July 23, 2015 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm #1086269
Thursday, July 23, 2015 20 Comments
Is “Sprawl Repair” Worth It?
by Brad Aaron
Transforming the territory of strip malls and big boxes into walkable places is a hot topic, exemplified by the popular book “Retrofitting Suburbia.” But is it worth the time, money, and effort?
READ MORE: http://www.streetsblog.net/2015/07/23/is-sprawl-repair-worth-it/July 23, 2015 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm #1086274
Yes?July 24, 2015 4:33 pm at 4:33 pm #1086464
Part of me wonders if the whole “let the burbs be the burbs and let the city be the city” notion is rooted more in sociological reasons than legit concern for the economics. The author’s “It’s the chicken nuggets of urbanism…” made me think this had more to do with wanting the suburbs to remain an enemy rather than a partner or competitor.
I do think there are valid times for this argument: If the “new urbanism” being built is simply a facade (In name only) or bare-minimum approach to development (With no city code changes or non-auto transit options). Or if the market can’t sustain it due to different tastes, trends, or demographics. Then yes, it may not be “worth it” economically.July 24, 2015 6:24 pm at 6:24 pm #1086479
I really am chomping at the bit to find out the bits and pieces of the New HUD rules….Impactful or never to be heard again. http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/press/press_releases_media_advisories/2015/HUDNo_15-084
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