Tag: suburban sprawl

  • Housing Bust Puts Brakes on Decades of Suburban Sprawl

    Housing Bust Puts Brakes on Decades of Suburban Sprawl

    WASHINGTON -- Stung by high gasoline costs, outlying suburbs that sprouted in the heady 2000s are now seeing their growth fizzle to historic lows, halting American city dwellers' decades-long exodus to sprawling homes in distant towns. New census estimates as of July 2011 highlight a shift in population... Continue Reading

  • New Urban Dream Stalled by Employers' Move to the Suburbs

    New Urban Dream Stalled by Employers' Move to the Suburbs

    In the comments on my earlier post on Gen-Y and the housing market, Travis Robertson makes a number of excellent points. One of them I've heard time and time again when it comes to the Millennials and the new urban dream. Travis writes, "I think we'll see a rise in smaller, urban-style, walkable communities.... Continue Reading

  • Long Island Real Estate: Levittown Suburb Abandons Its Affordable Roots

    Long Island Real Estate: Levittown Suburb Abandons Its Affordable Roots

    You might not notice it while cruising down the Long Island Expressway on the Hampton Jitney, but Long Island, N.Y. -- once the epitome of the suburban dream -- is having something of a midlife crisis as politicians, civic organizations and developers debate how to create more affordable housing. Yes, the place... Continue Reading

  • Suburbs Get Facelift: This Time, With Community-Minded Makeover

    Suburbs Get Facelift: This Time, With Community-Minded Makeover

    The suburbs are back, and a lot residents are OK with it. This time, however, things are different. A number of smaller cities around the country such as Rockville, Md., have spent the last 15 rethinking the notion of suburban sprawl and have created old-fashioned style communities that are more people-friendly... Continue Reading

  • Lose the Car, Keep Your House?

    Lose the Car, Keep Your House?

    Attention lenders: pedestrians are better risks! A new study of mortgage defaults in three cities concludes that people who live in areas where they don't need a car are less likely to default on their mortgages than people who live in suburban sprawl. In fact, the likelihood of default went up with the number... Continue Reading

  • Virginia Declares Dead End for Cul-de-Sacs

    Virginia Declares Dead End for Cul-de-Sacs

    It's the end of the road for Virginia cul-de-sacs. And good riddance. This spring, Gov. Tim Kaine put in place new regulations that require subdivisions to have cut-through roads connecting them to larger roads. No longer can suburban neighborhood developments - like the ones plaguing the congested Northern... Continue Reading