How do we inspire developers to do something different? How do we create an army of developers building connected and diverse neighborhoods?

Developers have a lot to gain by suburban retrofit, and many are jumping in at all scales—when they get support from municipalities. Ensuring that small builders and developers can participate is a challenge. Building codes—especially sprinkler requirements—can kill a small, infill mixed-use building. In order for developers to create urbanism, the ground has to be prepared (there has to be “fertilizer”). Coalitions of property owners can sometimes be incentivized by density increases to pay for walkable street network improvements but more often areas identified for this kind of growth in a visioning plan or comprehensive plan may need public infrastructure improvements before developers will be interested.

Retrofit for the Future

The American suburbs are the next fertile ground for architectural and urban experimentation.

A new report forecasts a coming growth spurt that will reshape suburban living

Affordable housing divides

Twenty-one subsidized units has created controversy in Norton Commons, a walkable new town near Louisville.

Attracting Millennials

Towns, sometimes miles apart, adopt starkly different strategies

Beyond Foreclosure: The Future of Suburban Housing

The end of sprawl

When done thoughtfully, walkable urbanism can be a major opportunity to build a more socially equitable region

Settling for Unwalkable Suburbs

Suburban governments making it difficult for families to find something different