Articles in Suburbia Project

Re-Imagining Suburbia
We have the opportunity now to take some practical steps towards re-imagining the suburbs as places where work, shopping, living and agriculture all get just a little more neighborly.
by Jason Allen
Published November 02, 2010 in Suburbia Project (42 comments)

Flint Considers Radical Retrenchment
A proposal gaining traction in economically desperate Flint, Michigan would demolish whole neighbourhoods and relocate the city's remaining residents into a few viable communities.
by Ryan McGreal
Published April 23, 2009 in Suburbia Project (15 comments)

Growing Sustainable Suburbs: An Incremental Strategy for Reconstructing Sprawl
Rather than seeking massive top-down reconstruction projects (which have so often failed in the past anyway) the authors recommend piecemeal changes.
by Lucien Steil, Nikos A. Salingaros, and Michael W. Mehaffy
Published April 09, 2006 in Suburbia Project (0 comments)

Peak Oil Scenario Planning
For some reason, the idea of local governments preparing for peak oil - despite the fact that no one disputes that oil is a finite resource - has not taken hold.
by Lakis Polycarpou
Published December 14, 2005 in Suburbia Project (4 comments)

Two Futures: The Suburban Home
Sprawl living stretches out like a life sentence in isolation.
by Ryan McGreal
Published November 10, 2005 in Suburbia Project (3 comments)

Two Futures: The Sustainable Home
Wake up from the "American Dream" and start building a community worth living in.
by Ryan McGreal
Published November 10, 2005 in Suburbia Project (3 comments)

Getting There in Suburbia
The end of suburban affluence could inaugurate a civic renaissance, keeping people too busy building rich, diverse neighbourhoods to notice that their nominal "living standards" are in decline.
by Ryan McGreal
Published November 10, 2005 in Suburbia Project (0 comments)

Sprawl is Dead. Long Live the Suburbs!
For better or worse, sprawl suburbs are here to stay. Either we come up with ways to make them livable or we're going to be in big trouble.
by Ryan McGreal
Published October 21, 2005 in Suburbia Project (0 comments)

Suburbia Project: The Responses
Consider this the start of what we feel will be a critically important debate in coming years, as the energy foundation of a continent-wide - and rapidly globalizing - living arrangement begins to crumble.
by Ryan McGreal
Published October 21, 2005 in Suburbia Project (1 comment)

The Psychology of Previous Investment
The conditions of the permanent global energy crisis we face will create a lot of economic losers, and they are going to be very angry over the loss of their entitlements.
by James Howard Kunstler
Published October 21, 2005 in Suburbia Project (1 comment)

Ripping up Asphalt and Planting Gardens
This culture is killing the planet. It must be stopped. We evidently do not have the courage to stop it ourselves. The natural world will stop it for us.
by Derrick Jensen
Published October 21, 2005 in Suburbia Project (4 comments)

The Primacy of Ecology
Nature and agriculture must work its way back into what presently is a massive, disastrous design mistake fueled by weakness, laziness, greed on ego as well as gasoline.
by Richard Register
Published October 21, 2005 in Suburbia Project (0 comments)

The Simpler Way
Above all, the basic feature of the new suburbs and towns must be their highly self-sufficient local economies.
by Ted Trainer
Published October 21, 2005 in Suburbia Project (0 comments)

Stop Catering to Cars
Al Cormier lists a number of strategies for municipal and/or provincial governments to help suburbs prepare for the end of cheap energy.
by Al Cormier
Published October 21, 2005 in Suburbia Project (0 comments)

Self-Reliant Suburbs
The suburbs could be the raw material for a sustainable revolution.
by Dan Chiras
Published October 21, 2005 in Suburbia Project (0 comments)

Retrofitting the Suburbs for Sustainability
As we in Australia take the first hesitant steps beyond "rugged individualism" and begin to re-learn the skills needed to govern ourselves in community, the private-within-commons system tends to sit more comfortably with many.
by David Holmgren
Published October 21, 2005 in Suburbia Project (3 comments)

Saving the Suburbs
The challenge of reinventing the suburbs is difficult for even the most enterprising town leaders and
by Paris Rutherford
Published October 21, 2005 in Suburbia Project (2 comments)

Sidebar: The Answer to Zoning Troubles?
Form-based codes can transform suburbs from bedroom communities or strip mall thoroughfares into a bustling communities centers with commercial, retail, and public areas all accessible in a pedestrian-friendly area.
by Paris Rutherford
Published October 21, 2005 in Suburbia Project (0 comments)

Sidebar: The New American Dream
Creating smart suburban downtowns with a mix of uses can help form the logical connections that help new Americans get to jobs, spend their free time, and access public and educational services.
by Paris Rutherford
Published October 21, 2005 in Suburbia Project (0 comments)

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