Archive | 2011

The First Signs of Suburban Utopias: From London to America

From the quirky Edward Scissorhands to the drama of Revolutionary Road, the movie industry has made a habit of showcasing the American suburb. Regardless of genre, the picture painted is one of safety and tranquility. Yet these peaceful utopias were not created by Hollywood, as suburban communities have existed in the United States since the mid-19th […]

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News Update: Declining Home Values in Chinese Suburbs

The prices of suburban homes in the Chinese mega-cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou all fell between 30 and 50 percent from July to September. See chart below: also: Private equity company Blackstone is investing over $1 billion in suburbs across Atlanta, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Minneapolis, Orlando and Tampa. Yet another take on the growing poverty in […]

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The Last Fifty Years: A Brief Look at U.S. Economic Indicators

Ask an American to describe the typical suburb. Responses will include a range of physical attributes from manicured lawns to exclusive subdivisions, yet there is always one prevailing caveat. These peripheral areas are reserved for middle and upper-class families. A combination of personal observations and media-driven stereotypes have placed this image–or a similar variation–in the minds […]

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In Pictures: An Interactive Map From the Center of Urban Pedagogy on Income Demographics and Rent in New York City

Check out The Center for Urban Pedagogy’s interactive map of New York City and its immediate suburbs. The data tells a similar story to the most recent American Community Surveys, seen here in another interactive map–courtesy of the New York Times. Coupled with the day versus night population data in Manhattan, it’s clear that residents of lower Manhattan […]

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News Update: The Future of Suburban Housing

In a detailed article on suburban housing designs, the consensus is clear: “the problems of affordable housing, sustainable development and the fate of suburban single-family neighborhoods are more pressing than ever.” Suburban housing, at present, is too spacious and wasteful — while the answer lies in higher density, multi-use neighborhoods. The article is better suited […]

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An Overview of Ancient Rome and Other Early Suburbs

The world will soon have a population of 7 billion people. Regardless of the exact number, it hardly takes an official statement to recognize the problems with overcrowding—especially in poorer countries. Cities are constantly expanding and peripheral areas are forced to accommodate an increased number of residents. While some forms of suburban growth are by choice, most […]

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News Update: Saving Mass Transit in Seattle’s King County

State and city budget cuts are no friend of mass transit. Providence, RI and other larger cities have entertained the possibilities of cutting bus services all together. Suburban areas are also at risk. Kings County Metro in suburban Seattle (the 12th largest transit provider in the U.S.) recently faced significant cuts after four rounds of […]

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In Pictures: Ten-Year Population Changes in U.S. Cities

All images have been taken from www.datapointed.net and are based on 2010 U.S. Census data. While many of the maps offer little in terms of significant trends, the southern cities of Dallas, Houston, and Atlanta show significant growth along the periphery. The urban core of Chicago also experienced pockets of decline. Blue illustrates population growth and red […]

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A Divided City: Suburban Cairo Before the Egyptian Revolution

News reports on the Egyptian Revolution have rightfully focused on former President Hosni Mubarak and, to a lesser extent, Tahrir Square—considered a major flash point for unrest. The immediate causes, including scenes of crowded city streets and riots, have been highlighted in great detail. The role of Cairo’s suburbs has received far less attention. Suburban Cairo includes one […]

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News Update: White Flight to American Cities

Suburbanization in the United States began as a middle and upper-class white movement towards the periphery. While the suburbs have experienced an increase in diversity over the last fifty years, the prevailing stereotypes—that of a poor, minority dominated inner city and affluent white periphery—have remained largely intact. Cities are undergoing a transformation, however, as affluent […]

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