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  • Struggling malls suffer when Sears, Penney leave

    05/13/2014 3:28:27 AM PDT · by John W · 127 replies
    Wall Street Journal via Yahoo News ^ | May 12, 2014 | Suzanne Kapner and Robbie Whelan
    NORFOLK, Va.—With J.C. Penney Co. and Sears Holdings Corp. racing to close stores, America's weakest malls are being pushed to the brink. Nearly half of the 1,050 indoor and open air malls in the U.S. have both of those struggling chains as anchor tenants, according to real-estate research firm Green Street Advisors. Of those malls, nearly a quarter are struggling with sales below $300 per square foot and vacancy rates above 20%, meaning they will have a hard time finding new tenants if old ones leave. For an already-weakened mall industry, the negative turn for two once-reliable anchors is promising...
  • Tumbleweeds Overtake Colorado Neighborhood and Trap Families in Their Homes

    03/19/2014 7:10:26 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 60 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | March 19, 2014 | Charlene Sakoda
    Tumbleweeds overtake neighborhood and trap families in their homes Recent tornado-like winds have covered a Colorado Springs, Colorado neighborhood in tumbleweeds. The large dried plants have invaded the Cuchares Ranches subdivision to such a degree that some residents said they were trapped in their homes and had to call 911 for help. “I look outside and tumbleweeds are literally blowing up and over our house,” Melissa Walker told KRDO NewsChannel 13. “I didn’t expect to be able to jump from my second story window into a pile of tumbleweeds.” In some places, the tumbleweeds are stacked 10-feet high. As reported...
  • The Suburbs Are the New Swing States

    12/02/2013 10:53:20 AM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | NOV 29, 2013 | RICHARD FLORIDA
    American politics turn on a now familiar set of categories: red states vs. blue states, rich states vs. poor states, Frostbelt vs. Sunbelt. But these generalizations mask deeper, less visible fissures in our political geography. We have written a great deal about the role of density in metropolitan voting patterns, highlighting the remarkably consistent and robust political red-to-blue tipping point that occurs when a metro reaches a density of roughly 800 residents per square mile. I took a deeper look at our emerging political geography in a recent feature for Politico magazine, where I argued that the suburbs have become...
  • America's Fastest-Growing Counties: The 'Burbs Are Back (TX top 4/6)

    09/29/2013 10:10:32 AM PDT · by bgill · 24 replies
    Forbes ^ | Sept. 29, 2013 | Joel Kotkin
    Not surprisingly several of these fast-growth areas are in burgeoning Texas metro areas. The population of Williamson County, on the outskirts of Austin, has expanded 7.94% since 2010, the strongest growth in the nation over that period. Far from turning into a slum, over the past 25 years the county’s residents have enjoyed the Lone Star state’s fastest rate of income growth and the sixth-highest in the nation.
  • Half Of The United States Lives In These Counties

    09/05/2013 3:23:41 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 57 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 9-5-13 | Walter Hickey & Joe Weisenthal
    Using Census data, we've figured out that half of the United States population is clustered in just the 146 biggest counties out of over 3000. Here's the map, with said counties shaded in. Below the map is the list of all the counties, so you can see if you live in one of them. See link for list of names.
  • Hail Columbia! (Washington DC is one of America's fastest growing cities)

    03/21/2013 10:37:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    City Journal ^ | 03/21/2013 | AARON M. RENN
    The Washington, D.C., region has long been considered recession-proof, thanks to the remorseless expansion of the federal government in good times and bad. Yet it’s only now—as D.C. positively booms while most of the country remains in economic doldrums—that the scale of Washington’s prosperity is becoming clear. Over the past decade, the D.C. area has made stunning economic and demographic progress. Meanwhile, America’s current and former Second Cities, population-wise—Los Angeles and Chicago—are battered and fading in significance. Though Washington still isn’t their match in terms of population, it’s gaining on them in terms of economic power and national importance. In...
  • How to Survive Societal Collapse in Suburbia

    11/20/2012 7:39:58 PM PST · by dynachrome · 66 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11-16-12 | KEITH O’BRIEN
    On a clear morning in May, Ron Douglas left his home in exurban Denver, eased into his Toyota pickup truck and drove to a business meeting at a Starbucks. Douglas, a bearded bear of a man, ordered a venti double-chocolate-chip Frappuccino — “the girliest drink ever,” he called it — and then sat down to discuss the future of the growing survivalist industry. The fact that Douglas not only told me where he lives but also invited me to visit him would be considered a huge mistake by many in the prepping world. Revealing your location runs the risk of...
  • The laziest lighting job in Christmas history.

    12/04/2011 10:40:19 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 10 replies
    Happy Place ^ | December 1, 2011 | Happy Place
    The laziest lighting job in Christmas history. Sometimes extreme apathy can lead to extreme ingenuity. With one simple word and a miniscule fraction of the effort, the guy on the right is expressing the exact same level of Christmas spirit as his show-offy, bigger-budgeted neighbor. Plus that guy borrowed a rake from him like three years ago, so it all evens out.
  • Is Suburbia Doomed? Not So Fast.

    12/01/2011 6:32:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Forbes ^ | 12/01/2011 | Joel Kotkin
    This past weekend the New York Times devoted two big op-eds to the decline of the suburb. In one, new urban theorist Chris Leinberger said that Americans were increasingly abandoning “fringe suburbs” for dense, transit-oriented urban areas. In the other, UC Berkeley professor Louise Mozingo called for the demise of the “suburban office building” and the adoption of policies that will drive jobs away from the fringe and back to the urban core. Perhaps no theology more grips the nation’s mainstream media — and the planning community — more than the notion of inevitable suburban decline. The Obama administration’s housing...
  • Data: Suburbs losing young Whites to cities

    05/11/2010 3:51:57 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 56 replies · 968+ views
    One News Page ^ | 10 May 2010
    White flight? In a reversal, America's suburbs are now more likely to be home to minorities, the poor and a rapidly growing older population as younger, educated Whites move to cities for jobs and shorter commutes. An analysis of 2000-08 census data by the Brookings Institution highlights the demographic "tipping points" seen in the past decade and the looming problems in the 100 largest metropolitan areas, which represent two-thirds of the U.S. population. The findings could offer an important road map as political parties, including the tea party movement, seek to win support in suburban battlegrounds in the fall elections...
  • Gas prices drive up foreclosures

    02/27/2010 12:02:33 PM PST · by Lorianne · 49 replies · 973+ views
    Marketplace ^ | February 25, 2010 | Andrea Bernstein
    There are many reasons why families face foreclosure, like loss of income or rising health care costs. But several new studies show there's another factor closely linked with foreclosure rates: gas prices.
  • Suburban districts see red

    11/19/2009 6:55:27 AM PST · by Second Amendment First · 9 replies · 615+ views
    Politico ^ | Nov. 19, 2009 | ALEXANDER BURNS
    Suburban Democrats are bracing to defend their recent gains amid unmistakable signs of volatility among an electorate that is impatient with the pace of economic recovery. Their concerns are coming into sharp focus amid ongoing developments in Nassau County, N.Y., where County Executive Tom Suozzi, a rising star in New York politics and a prominent suburban Democratic politician, might lose his seat in a recount. Suozzi’s predicament comes on the heels of other troubling developments in some of the nation’s largest suburban counties, including nearby Democratic Westchester County, where voters tossed out County Executive Andrew Spano in a startling...
  • Tuesday's Suburban Vote Swing

    11/04/2009 5:33:43 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 16 replies · 1,208+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 11-04-09 | Karl Rove
    Even a five-point shift would mean big Democratic losses in 2010. Tuesday's elections should put a scare into red state Democrats—and a few blue state ones, too. Barack Obama was said to have redrawn the electoral map by winning Virginia last year with 53% of the vote. On Tuesday, Republican Bob McDonnell flipped the state back to the GOP, winning his election for governor with 59% of the vote. Mr. Obama carried New Jersey easily last year with 57% of the vote. This year, despite being outspent 3-to-1, Republican Chris Christie ousted Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine there by 49% to...
  • Rage of the Rights Talkers

    10/10/2009 3:35:12 PM PDT · by Saije · 36 replies · 1,916+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 10/10/2009 | George Will
    Consider nature...as Tennyson saw it, "red in tooth and claw." To glimpse a state of nature as Hobbes imagined it, where human life is "nasty, brutish and short," visit the Whole Foods store on River Road in Bethesda...you will see proof of this social equation: Four Priuses + three parking spaces = angry anarchy. Anger is one of the seven deadly sins. Therefore advanced thinkers are agreed that conservatives are especially susceptible to it. As everyone knows, all liberals are advanced thinkers and all advanced thinkers are liberals. And yet... Recently Paul Schwartzman, a war correspondent for The Post, ventured...
  • The Reemerging Republican Majority?

    10/08/2009 3:03:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies · 1,454+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | September 25, 2009 | Henry Olsen
    Especially in a democratic age, statesmen are careful students of social trends. They know that the art of political leadership can't afford to ignore the science of political demography, even though the former can never be reduced to the latter. Conservatives who seek a revival in their movement must exhibit similar wisdom and closely examine how America has changed since the glory days of President Ronald Reagan, and how those changes pose new challenges to, and may impose new limits on, conservatism today. The conservative ascendancy of the Reagan years centered in the middle class. It wasn't just any middle...
  • Young and Suburban, and Falling for Heroin

    09/26/2009 10:38:13 PM PDT · by Saije · 11 replies · 843+ views
    NY Times ^ | 9/25/2009 | Cara Buckley
    THE kids weren’t all right. They lived in the same comfortable Long Island town and were barely in their teens when they took their first hit of marijuana or sip of alcohol, propelling them on dark journeys they couldn’t seem to escape. Within a couple of years, they were in heroin’s grip. “My parents had no idea,” said one of them, a 17-year-old girl who, like other formerly addicted youths interviewed, spoke on the condition of anonymity because of her past drug use. “My mom thought I was smoking a lot of weed and taking diet pills, because who would’ve...
  • Van Jones: Only ‘Suburban White Kids’ Shoot Up Schools

    Don't know what to say anymore
  • Suburbanization: The impact on energy use, CO2 emissions

    08/28/2009 11:12:17 AM PDT · by MetaThought · 14 replies · 623+ views
    A new congressionally mandated report from the National Research Council, DRIVING AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT: THE EFFECTS OF COMPACT DEVELOPMENT ON MOTORIZED TRAVEL, ENERGY USE, AND CO2 EMISSIONS, examines how suburbanization -- made possible largely due to the prevalence of automobiles and the extensive U.S. highway system -- impacts the number of miles we drive, our reliance on petroleum fuel, and the percent of greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. The report looks at studies on compact, mixed-use development where people live in denser environments with jobs and shopping close by, to determine whether a shift to this type of land...
  • Blue in the 'burbs

    06/06/2009 3:58:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies · 1,480+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 5, 2009 | Rich Tucker
    You may not have noticed, but Hollywood has: you’re miserable. No, really. According to Census Bureau numbers, roughly 75 percent of Americans live in suburbs. And, according to one of last year’s Golden Globe nominees for best picture, that’s eating away at us. “Our whole existence here [in the ’burbs] is based on this great premise that we’re special. That we’re superior to the whole thing,” declares the female lead in the movie Revolutionary Road. “But we’re not. We’re just like everyone else. We bought into the same, ridiculous delusion.” That “delusion,” as depicted in the film, is that a...
  • Crisis spurs spike in 'suburban survivalists'

    05/25/2009 6:45:48 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 47 replies · 1,744+ views
    AP/Breitbart.com ^ | 5/25/09 | GILLIAN FLACCUS
    Now, the 54-year-old businessman and father of five has a backup generator, a water filter, a grain mill and a 4-foot-tall pile of emergency food tucked in his home in the expensive San Diego suburb of La Jolla. Wiseman isn't alone. Emergency supply retailers and military surplus stores nationwide have seen business boom in the past few months as an increasing number of Americans spooked by the economy rush to stock up on gear that was once the domain of hardcore survivalists.
  • Suburbia R.I.P. (the central planner's dream)

    03/14/2009 7:56:54 AM PDT · by dennisw · 35 replies · 1,644+ views
    finance.yahoo ^ | March 12, 2009 | Michael Cannell
    The downturn accomplished what a generation of designers and planners could not: it has turned back the tide of suburban sprawl. In the wake of the foreclosure crisis many new subdivisions are left half built and more established suburbs face abandonment. Cul-de-sac neighborhoods once filled with the sound of backyard barbecues and playing children are falling silent. Communities like Elk Grove, Calif., and Windy Ridge, N.C., are slowly turning into ghost towns with overgrown lawns, vacant strip malls and squatters camping in empty homes. In Cleveland alone, one of every 13 houses is now vacant, according to an article published...
  • Suburbia R.I.P.

    03/13/2009 8:07:51 PM PDT · by Disambiguator · 56 replies · 2,130+ views
    FastCompany.com via Yahoo! Finance ^ | March 12, 2009 | Michael Cannell
    The downturn has accomplished what a generation of designers and planners could not: it has turned back the tide of suburban sprawl. In the wake of the foreclosure crisis many new subdivisions are left half built and more established suburbs face abandonment. Cul-de-sac neighborhoods once filled with the sound of backyard barbecues and playing children are falling silent. Communities like Elk Grove, Calif., and Windy Ridge, N.C., are slowly turning into ghost towns with overgrown lawns, vacant strip malls and squatters camping in empty homes.
  • When stimulus funds flow, suburbs ready to roll (like Uncle Bill passed away and left you some money

    01/21/2009 4:23:53 PM PST · by SJackson · 5 replies · 328+ views
    Town have lists of projects that were put on hold because of the economy By Susan Kuczka and Carolyn Starks | Tribune reporters January 21, 2009 As Congress considers an economic-stimulus package, officials across the north and northwest suburbs have offered their own visions for how new money coming their way could best be spent. From retrofitting government buildings in Highland Park to putting up a new water tower in Hoffman Estates, officials are viewing the stimulus plan as a proverbial pot of gold. "This is a wish list of what we'd like to do," Palatine Mayor Rita Mullins said...
  • Democrats Add Suburbs to Their Growing Coalition

    11/23/2008 4:54:17 PM PST · by neverdem · 45 replies · 1,523+ views
    Washington Post ^ | November 6, 2008 | Alec MacGillis and Jon Cohen
    After President Bush's reelection in 2004, top strategist Karl Rove proclaimed the arrival of a permanent Republican majority. Just four years later, the results from Sen. Barack Obama's definitive victory suggest that the opposite may be underway. The Democrats appear to have built a majority across a wide, and expanding, share of the electorate -- young voters, Hispanics and other ethnic minorities, and highly educated whites in growing metropolitan areas. The Republicans appear at the moment to be marginalized, hanging on to a coalition that may shrink with time -- older, working-class and rural white voters, increasingly concentrated in the...
  • Obama: "I'm Not Interested In The Suburbs. The Suburbs Bore Me..."

    10/27/2008 4:39:26 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 68 replies · 3,265+ views
    New York Times Via Drudge Report ^ | 10/27/2008 | Jodi Kantor
    [Obama]: "I'm not interested in the suburbs. The suburbs bore me..."
  • Hofstra poll: McCain leads suburban vote (McCain 48% Obama 42%; Rural McCain 51% Obama 35%)

    09/30/2008 12:40:11 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 18 replies · 1,114+ views
    Newsday ^ | September 29, 2008 | KARLA SCHUSTER
    Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain holds a slight edge over Democratic rival Sen. Barack Obama among suburban voters, according to a new poll sponsored by Hofstra University to be released Monday. The nationwide poll, conducted for Hofstra's National Center for Suburban Studies, found that 48 percent of suburban voters said they support McCain, compared to 42 percent for Obama. By comparison, the poll found that McCain leads Obama among rural voters, 51 percent to 35 percent, while Obama is ahead in urban areas, 57 percent to 34 percent. The results of the poll are scheduled to be released at...
  • Jerry Brown's War on California Suburbs

    07/19/2008 5:19:42 AM PDT · by libstripper · 19 replies · 79+ views
    WAll Street Journal ^ | July 19, 2008 | JOEL KOTKIN
    In the 1960s, California Gov. Edmund Gerald "Pat" Brown laid the foundation for building modern, suburban California with massive new highway projects and one of the most significant public water projects in history. The resulting infrastructure gave us broad, low-density developments with room for millions of Californians to have a home with a backyard and two cars in the driveway. Those were the good old days. Today, Pat Brown's son Jerry is waging war on the very communities his father helped make possible. Why? Global warming.
  • Surburban Flight: Commuting to Work Less Attractive as Gas Prices Soar

    07/16/2008 5:43:59 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 213 replies · 559+ views
    Madistan.com ^ | July 16, 2008 | Mike Ivey
    Debbie Kelly and her husband, Tom, have been living the dream for years. They've got a cozy home nestled in the Wyoming Valley, the bucolic Iowa County setting where architect Frank Lloyd Wright drew his inspiration. Deer graze in the yard. Orioles flock to the bird feeder. When nights are clear, the Milky Way lights the sky. It's a little slice of heaven -- save for the 45-mile commute to work.It wasn't a big financial drain driving into Madison, even as gasoline passed $2 a gallon in 2004 or $3 last summer. But for Debbie Kelly, $4 fuel has been...
  • America's love affair fades as the car becomes burden of suburbia

    The nation of road movies, freeway freedom and dreams of endless horizons is waking up to the reality of soaring fuel prices. Paul Harris in Riverside, California, reports that people are leaving their gas guzzlers in the garage It is known as the Inland Empire: a vast stretch of land tucked in the high desert valleys east of Los Angeles. Once home to fruit trees and Indians, it is now a concrete sprawl of jammed freeways, endless suburbs and shopping malls. But here, in the heartland of the four-wheel drive, a revolution is under way. What was once unthinkable is...
  • Life on the fringes of U.S. suburbia becomes untenable

    06/30/2008 9:43:27 PM PDT · by B-Chan · 32 replies · 132+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | June 24, 2008 | By Peter S. Goodman
    Life on the fringes of U.S. suburbia becomes untenable with rising gas costs ELIZABETH, Colorado: Suddenly, the economics of American suburban life are under assault as skyrocketing energy prices inflate the costs of reaching, heating and cooling homes on the outer edges of metropolitan areas. As the realization takes hold that rising energy prices are less a momentary blip than a restructuring with lasting consequences, the high cost of fuel is threatening to slow the decades-old migration away from cities, while exacerbating the housing downturn by diminishing the appeal of larger homes set far from urban jobs. [...] Some...
  • Stranded in Suburbia (NYT, Krugman Have A Message For Suburbia)

    05/19/2008 11:43:15 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 51 replies · 158+ views
    New York Times ^ | 19 May 2008 | Paul Krugman
    ...But we’re living in a world in which oil prices keep setting records, in which the idea that global oil production will soon peak is rapidly moving from fringe belief to mainstream assumption. And Europeans who have achieved a high standard of living in spite of very high energy prices — gas in Germany costs more than $8 a gallon — have a lot to teach us about how to deal with that world. If Europe’s example is any guide, here are the two secrets of coping with expensive oil: own fuel-efficient cars, and don’t drive them too much. Notice...
  • Krugman Blames American Aversion to City Living on Racism

    05/19/2008 3:54:32 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 73 replies · 150+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Paul Krugman is over in Berlin, and—surprise!—concludes that Europeans have things better figured out than we benighted Americans do. The gist of his Stranded in Suburbia in today's NY Times is that dense cities like Berlin, which offer good public transportation, are the solution to the high gasoline prices we are seemingly stuck with. Krugman contrasts Berlin and Atlanta: "Greater Atlanta has roughly the same population as Greater Berlin — but Berlin is a city of trains, buses and bikes, while Atlanta is a city of cars, cars and cars." So why don't more Americans choose to live in big...
  • Head Strong: Why the GOP lost its grip on Phila. suburbs

    04/15/2008 12:03:57 PM PDT · by Kuksool · 47 replies · 32+ views
    Philly Inquirer ^ | April 15, 2008 | Michael Smerconish
    Blue is not only the political color of the Commonwealth - it's also the mood of suburban Republicans. They're wondering what enabled the Democratic Party to take the lead in registration in both Bucks and Montgomery Counties, and to possess a majority when combined with independents in Chester and Delaware Counties. Theories abound. One holds that it's simply the old story of voters' leaving Philadelphia for suburbia and taking their registration with them. I don't buy it. That was a partial explanation for some shifting patterns from the end of World War II until the 1970s, but not now. According...
  • Alliance in Montco reflects party shift

    12/19/2007 6:44:16 AM PST · by grace522 · 23 replies · 107+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 19 Dec 2007 | grace522
    Alliance in Montco reflects party shift Republicans will share power. By Emilie Lounsberry Inquirer Staff Writer The surprise move by Republican Jim Matthews and Democrat Joe Hoeffel to share power as Montgomery County commissioners reflects a stunning reversal of fortune for the GOP. For decades, the county Republican Party enjoyed a reputation as an efficient and powerful political machine, demonstrated by its control of the courthouse for more than a century. But yesterday's bipartisan news conference showed that was no more - especially after Democrats won five of nine county row offices in November. Matthews will be chairman and Hoeffel...
  • Pioneer Baby Boom Community Turns 60

    09/29/2007 2:15:08 PM PDT · by Turret Gunner A20 · 5 replies · 98+ views
    Peoplepc Online/Associated Press ^ | September 29, 2007 | Staff
    LEVITTOWN, N.Y. - In 1951, 7-year-old Louise Cassano couldn't imagine a better life than the one here, where she rode her bicycle past rows of cookie-cutter houses, kids held backyard campouts in makeshift tents and nobody locked their front doors. "It was an absolute ideal community," said Cassano, whose love affair with Levittown never waned - she still lives in the Long Island town dubbed by some as America's first suburb.
  • Little appetite for McMansions (Boston suburb cracks down on McMansions)

    09/27/2007 5:36:52 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 21 replies · 49+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | September 26, 2007 | Erica Noonan
    <p>WELLESLEY - They call it The House, and not in a complimentary way. It's a 5,900-square-foot, three-story Colonial wedged into little more than a quarter-acre, a structure that dwarfs the New England sampler of quaint Capes and Victorians nestled in the woodsy neighborhood around it.</p>
  • To go green, live closer to work, report says [anti-"sprawl"crusade]

    09/21/2007 2:16:14 PM PDT · by republicpictures · 85 replies · 640+ views
    LA Times ^ | Sep 21 2007 | Margot Roosevelt
    Don't want to fork out for a Prius? Can't see tanking up with ethanol? Can't afford solar panels for your roof? Not to worry, you can still do something to fight global warming: Live closer to work. That's one conclusion of a major national report published Thursday by the nonprofit Urban Land Institute. ...A hotly contested bill sponsored by Sen. Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) would require regional planning groups to set targets for reducing greenhouse gases, and could stop millions of dollars in federal, state and local transportation funds from being spent on roads that could encourage sprawl. ...two-thirds of the...
  • Rich Suburbs Move to Democrats

    08/07/2007 6:09:55 AM PDT · by oblomov · 89 replies · 2,938+ views
    RCP ^ | 8/7/2007 | Froma Harrop
    GREENWICH, Conn. -- You know you're in a different kind of town when the signs against drunk driving show a line drawn through a Martini glass to which the artist thoughtfully added a stirrer. Greenwich, Conn., is one such town. Greenwich is home to billionaire hedge-fund managers, private-equity kings and corporate chieftains, as well as ordinary multi-multimillionaires. Interviewing people here requires leaving phone messages with au pairs and catching folks between board meetings. You'd think that Greenwich would be solid Bush-loving turf -- what with all those tax cuts for the rich. It is not. The voters are roughly 40...
  • Southern California Is Becoming a Tight Fit

    08/06/2007 7:38:17 AM PDT · by truthkeeper · 56 replies · 1,593+ views
    The Los Angeles Time ^ | August 6, 2007 | Sharon Bernstein, Staff Writer
    When Bing Crosby crooned that he would settle down and "make the San Fernando Valley my home," he wasn't singing about apartments. The Southern California dream back then — exemplified by the World War II-era tracts popping up in the Valley and other places — was of an affordable single-family home, a little house on a patch of green where kids could play out back. But today, construction of condos and apartments is rapidly overtaking that of single-family residences, even in suburbs known for spread-out living. It's part of a broader shift to urbanized living in Southern California, a change...
  • NVTA to vote on taxes, fees (TAX HIKE in NVA)

    07/10/2007 7:11:14 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 6 replies · 1,035+ views
    NVTA to vote on taxes, fees By LILLIAN KAFKA lkafka@potomacnews.com Tuesday, July 10, 2007 The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority is poised to take action on seven taxes and fees that could raise about $300 million a year for the region's transportation system. On Thursday the NVTA meets to make its decision after a public hearing in Falls Church. Much of the authority's decision, however, rests on the result of a legal suit that it will file on Friday, according to members of the authority. That suit will ask a judge to rule on the NVTA's constitutional ability to impose those...
  • Battling to Keep the Country in the Texas Hill Country

    07/09/2007 9:21:53 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 26 replies · 821+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 8, 2007 | KRISTINA SHEVORY
    BEE CAVE, Tex.NEARLY two decades ago, Gene and Linda Lowenthal, who were living in Austin, decided that they would eventually want to move to the wide-open countryside. They bought 58 acres in this small town in the Texas Hill Country, about 45 minutes west of Austin, built a small house and moved here in the mid-’90s, finally free of noise and sprawl. That freedom lasted about nine years. Then, bulldozers started appearing on hillsides once covered with live oak and mesquite trees. Houses and traffic lights popped up on once-forlorn roads leading to their home. Plans for a water line...
  • Suburbia's fortress mentality

    06/03/2007 2:38:07 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 93 replies · 2,559+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | June 1, 2007 | Melodee Martin Helms
    Parents' fears are robbing children of their childhood. ___ My three boys sprawl on the couch, fingering their Game Boys. I wish I could shoo them outside until dusk. I wish they could tromp to the marsh to search for polliwogs. I wish we didn't have to live in a fortress. But we don't let our children play in the front yard, because a sex offender lives two doors down. Instead, like other families in this neighborhood, we've built private playgrounds in the back. From my kitchen window, I see two wooden play structures, three trampolines, and four basketball hoops,...
  • How Sprawl Got a Bad Name

    05/17/2006 3:30:32 AM PDT · by billorites · 22 replies · 688+ views
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | June 2006 | Robert Bruegmann
    There is overwhelming evidence that urban sprawl has been beneficial for many people. Year after year, the vast majority of Americans respond to batteries of polls by saying that they are quite happy with where they live, whether it is a city, suburb, or elsewhere. Most objective indicators about American urban life are positive. We are more affluent than ever; home ownership is up; life spans are up; pollution is down; crime in most cities has declined. Even where sprawl has created negative consequences, it has not precipitated any crisis. So what explains the power of today's anti-sprawl crusade? How...
  • 'First' Suburbs Growing Older and Poorer, Report Warns

    02/20/2006 5:19:12 AM PST · by Clemenza · 161 replies · 2,651+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 16, 2006 | Bruce Lambert
    Half a century ago, millions of young white couples left America's central cities for greener places to build homes and rear families. Their move created booming commuter communities and a new way of life. But that idealized picture has been transformed and the future of those pioneering suburbs is in jeopardy, according to a study issued yesterday by the Brookings Institution, a research group in Washington.
  • IN PRAISE OF SUBURBS

    01/29/2006 7:40:15 PM PST · by Lorianne · 3 replies · 432+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 29, 2006 | Joel Kotkin
    Suburbia often gets a bad rap, but government should accept that people want the picket fence ideal ___ As California's first large urbanized region, the Bay Area has a long and compelling history as a center of city life. When Fresno was little more than a couple of shacks and Los Angeles a gunslinger's cow town, San Francisco already saw itself as a sophisticated, cosmopolitan city. Yet today, this cherished ideal of the Bay Area as a neatly organized, dense urban center is increasingly archaic. The suburbs are starting to take over. Long anxious to see itself as a Pacific...
  • IN PRAISE OF SUBURBS

    01/29/2006 8:10:14 AM PST · by SmithL · 17 replies · 633+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/29/6 | Joel Kotkin
    Suburbia often gets a bad rap, but government should accept that people want the picket fence ideal As California's first large urbanized region, the Bay Area has a long and compelling history as a center of city life. When Fresno was little more than a couple of shacks and Los Angeles a gunslinger's cow town, San Francisco already saw itself as a sophisticated, cosmopolitan city. Yet today, this cherished ideal of the Bay Area as a neatly organized, dense urban center is increasingly archaic. The suburbs are starting to take over. Long anxious to see itself as a Pacific version...
  • Suburbanite Socialism

    01/25/2006 9:06:09 PM PST · by Lorianne · 99 replies · 1,741+ views
    American Chronical ^ | January 25, 2006 | Nancy Levant
    Suburban families are really busy. They are working to support McMansions, impeccable yards, expensive and immaculately cleaned and polished automobiles, expensive social functions and clubs, gym memberships, day spa hair nail/pedicure, tanning, waxing, and massage expenses, housekeepers and landscapers, shopping excursions, and youth sports. They are wrapped up, so to speak, in image cults, which literally take every second of every day. Meanwhile, in the land of facts and truth, their nation dies off in hunks. Older citizens realize this. So do many citizens under the age of 25, but the 30 to mid-40-somethings are largely non-functioning citizens. They are...
  • Prof conducts rare defense of man's need to spread out

    12/28/2005 7:30:31 PM PST · by Lorianne · 9 replies · 549+ views
    The Plain Dealer (LA Times) ^ | December 25, 2005 | Scott Timberg
    At first glance, Robert Bruegmann -- a childless academic whose modernist apartment building sits in a dense, upscale Chicago neighborhood -- seems like the kind of guy who'd hate the suburbs. His peers and predecessors have, for decades, decried the unplanned, low-density, auto-dependent growth of shopping malls and subdivisions. But his counterintuitive new book, "Sprawl: A Compact History," charts the spreading of cities as far back as first-century Rome -- and finds the process not just deeply natural but often beneficial for people, societies and even cities. "Sprawl has been as evident in Europe as in America," Bruegmann writes, "and...
  • Suburban ecosystems to be studied

    12/10/2005 5:55:38 AM PST · by billorites · 37 replies · 422+ views
    Science Daily ^ | December 9, 2005
    BURLINGTON, Vt., Dec. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers are studying the ecosystems of the suburban enclave to determine the effects of lawns in global warming. "The suburban landscape is large, and it's growing," said Jennifer Jenkins of the University of Vermont, one of the scientists reporting their findings this week at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco. "There's this enormous land surface that's falling through the cracks." Jenkins said forests, wetlands, bogs, rainforests and deserts have had the brunt of scientific study, but the suburbs have a big impact from the use of pesticides and fertilizers...
  • Saving the suburbs

    11/26/2005 10:47:29 PM PST · by Lorianne · 5 replies · 593+ views
    Portland Tribune ^ | 22 November 2005 | Jim Redden
    Don Morissette looks like a character from a 1950s sitcom — clean-cut, with a square jaw and quick grin. He talks like one, too, saying that all families should have the opportunity to live in big houses with big backyards. “Kids need lots of room and backyards to play in,” said Morissette, who owns one of the region’s oldest, largest and best-known home-building companies. It’s the sort of thing the 49-year-old Morissette has been saying for much of the 32 years he’s been building homes in the Portland area — including his term as the only home builder to serve...