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How can governments leave behind the traditional model of the “bedroom suburb” in favor of more diverse, connected, mixed-use communities? 

Increasingly, leaders and planners in the suburbs realize that long-term financial success depends on a diverse mix of people, places, ages, and cultures. The majority of neighborhoods in some municipalities are automobile dependent, so leaders need a step-by-step process to retrofit drive-only landscapes for quality of life and the human-scale.

For many projects, the difference between success and failure is political leadership and a project champion. While there is no “one size fits all” strategy for managing this arena, there are common lessons that can be gleaned from some communities’ successes and failures.

Four ways to reform a commuter campus

Thousands of college campuses in the suburbs can be redesigned as academic villages.

Five reasons to address a housing shortage with accessory dwellings

A report makes the case that accessory dwelling units (ADUs) could help solve a housing shortage.

Facing suburban poverty

Poverty in the suburbs is growing.

Bridging the urban-suburban divide

Why the suburbs need walkable places to attract businesses

Highlights of a walkable center

King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, a major suburban “edge city” outside of Philadelphia, has created a walkable town center. Here are highlights.

Water in the suburbs, rethought

There are new answers for managing water in the suburbs.

 

A place to engage and connect

Parson’s Alley is a vivid new civic asset in suburban Duluth, GA.