What tools and resources will help investors, developers, and municipalities finance great suburban designs, and how can public-private partnerships contribute to better suburbs?

In the post-2008 development world, private capital and bank lending is extremely limited and cautious. While financing any development can be difficult, pulling together the range of debt and equity tools for diverse and connected suburban places can be especially hard, given the complexities of public-private partnerships, tax credits, and federal funding sources. This section explores the challenges in funding suburban retrofit projects and the financing options that are available.

Is the car culture dying?

The car is losing its grip on the American psyche and pocketbook as millennials are choosing cities where they can walk, bike or use public transit.


Poor people pay for parking even when they can’t afford a car

The real costs of free parking

A Very Different Suburbia

For starters, driverless cars would mean a lot less pavement

There’s no ‘free parking’

A societal shift toward market-oriented pricing for on-street parking?

Libertyville Living

A great example of how smart parking garages can help livable, walkable communities thrive

TOD Success in Suburbia

TOD rejuvenated this once-sleepy commercial strip in the Chicago suburbs

Collaboration Transforms a Lot

Transforming an underutilized parking lot into a model sustainable mixed-use project