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Reshaping Growth Centers with Open Space = Smart Growth

June 26, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

Germany does it well

It is time to look more carefully at what happens inside the development envelopes about open space. In retrofitting suburban centers open space is the ace card. Requirements and fees are not there to repel or sink development but to make it more valuable in the long run. Only shortsighted developers would fight that.[read more]

Cycle or Psycho Paths: Fort Worth, Texas' New Bike Share

June 30, 2014 by The Global Grid

Bike Sharing in Texas

North Texas is notorious for its sprawl and car-dependency. Despite Dallas activists working to tear down a highway to create greater walkability and the city’s recent approval of connective bike lanes, the culture of people-centered mobility continues to grow very slowly.[read more]

Can We Let the People Gentrify Themselves?

May 5, 2014 by Kristen Jeffers

Populations and Gentrification

Can we let the people gentrify themselves? As much as I love the tactical urbanism, the push to return to neighborhoods left behind, and to fix the broken ones that have been built and broken rapidly, I worry that our bad development history will repeat itself, much like some of this good history.[read more]

The Internal Urban Sprawl Killer: DIY and Service Delivery

May 3, 2014 by Kristen Jeffers

Killing Urban Sprawl

I have to always admit, that not all urban sprawl is the fault of the homeowner or apartment renter. Thanks to how our economy and our government is structured, there are a lot of people who would prefer a downtown condo or townhome, but are priced out of the privilege.[read more]


Which European cities are most productive and efficient?

March 14, 2014 by David Thorpe

Is this the most resource-efficient European city?

The circular economy is a new buzzword for designing out waste and getting value from every stage in the life of raw materials. How can cities become more efficient and derive economic value from this sustainable objective?[read more]

The Perfect Storm: One Country's History of Urban Sprawl

Urban Sprawl and History

Understanding the combination of shifting responsibilities, lax regulations, and flawed policies that play a role in Mexico’s sprawling cities holds important lessons not only for Mexico’s future urban development, but also for city leaders across the globe as they seek to build compact and sustainable cities.[read more]


Urbanism Speakeasy | Reversing the American Sprawl Trend

February 20, 2014 by Andy Boenau

Urbanism Speakeasy is a podcast with a particular focus on human-scale design. We love streets and places designed for people, regardless of how they happen to travel. No advanced technical degrees or silver spoons required on this show. Our primary goal is to share technical information and trends in ordinary language. The show is...[read more]

Future of Cape Town Officially Compromised: Is Wescape a Band-Aid Solution?

February 16, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Cape Town Band-Aid?

Recently, the future of Cape Town was officially compromised when the seemingly concrete decision of resisting urban sprawl by retaining the integrity of Cape Town’s urban edge was reversed by Anton Bredell, Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning.[read more]


Should We Curb City Growth to Feed the Planet?

February 4, 2014 by David Thorpe

Feed the world, reduce urban sprawl

Unless urban sprawl and the burgeoning expansion of cities into agricultural land is curtailed the world could face huge problems feeding its expanding population by 2050, with potentially catastrophic effects on biodiversity and the environment, according to UNEP.[read more]

Sprawl Hits the Wall: Is Texas The Next California?

December 13, 2013 by This Big City

Texas and Sprawl

The Yellow Rose of Texas is in full bloom. That’s the message of Time Magazine’s cover story from a few weeks back, by libertarian economist Tyler Cowen. The gist of the argument is this: Texas is the future because its cities are the fastest growing in the country.[read more]

A Worldview of Urban Nature that includes 'Runaway' Cities

November 15, 2013 by The Nature of Cities

Runaway Cities

In Africa, and particularly Kampala, where we have undertaken research on various aspects of urban development, we are increasingly confronted by a realization that urban built up components are only conveniently “detached” from the urban nature on which these sit.[read more]

Minneapolis' Auto-Oriented Infrastructure Comes at A High Cost

November 7, 2013 by The Global Grid

Car Culture in Minneapolis

Minneapolis traditionally has followed urban growth patterns similar to Manhattan’s strict grid system. However, in an urban planning effort to utilize the automobile, a system of freeways has been created over the past fifty years to support urban sprawl.[read more]