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Suburban Sprawl

The Environmental Impacts of Land Development Depend Largely on Where We Put It

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 08.10.2015 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

There's a trendy meme emerging in progressive city planning circles to the effect that whether land development is harmful "sprawl" or benign "urbanis...

Walking Orange County

Frank H. Wu | Posted 05.01.2015 | Travel
Frank H. Wu

I enjoy visiting Orange County. I see why people like to live there. It's comfortable, projecting the sense that there is no hardship in life. It's also designed around the car -- the built environment encourages everyone to drive from Point A to Point B.

It's in Our Heads -- A Review of Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism

Frank Gruber | Posted 04.04.2015 | Home
Frank Gruber

Historians of the future may debate whether Benjamin Ross is right, but at least he tries to explain why 30 years after World War II it was American cities, not European, that looked bombed out.

Guess Who's To Blame For Our Country's Carbon Emissions?

The Huffington Post | Robin Wilkey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

When it comes to carbon emissions, don’t blame big cities -- blame the suburbs, says a new study from the University of California, Berkeley. The...

Detroit, General Motors and the American Dream

Steven Conn | Posted 09.29.2013 | Detroit
Steven Conn

The city that built cars was also built by and for the car, and that legacy may prove the biggest obstacle to creating a post-automobile future.


Joanne Goldblum | Posted 07.01.2013 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

Most low-income workers are women, who may be especially concerned about safety, particularly if systems aren't well-maintained, well-lit and adequately policed.

The Death of American Cool

Richey Piiparinen | Posted 09.30.2012 | Home
Richey Piiparinen

American "cool" has been trending from a point of distinction into a sea of non-descriptiveness for some time. You know: Miles Davis meets Kim Kardashian, and the birth of cool mopes into the death of cool. And we only have ourselves to thank for it.

Eco Etiquette: Can Our Cities Save Us?

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 09.10.2012 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

Send all your eco-inquiries to Jennifer Grayson at Questions may be edited for length and clarity. My husband and I are clos...

Walkable Neighborhoods Gaining Popularity -- Even in the Suburbs

Geoffrey Anderson | Posted 02.05.2012 | Green
Geoffrey Anderson

More and more Americans want to live in these affordable and accessible neighborhoods -- and the proof is in the prices of homes in these areas.

Why I'm Running for Putnam Valley Town Board

Jay Michaelson | Posted 11.23.2011 | New York
Jay Michaelson

Putnam Valley is hurting, and unless I choose to remain willfully ignorant of reality, I can't help but notice. We can and ought to do something to revitalize our town center and help people get back on their feet.

How to Green a McMansion? Tear It Down and Build Two Homes In Its Place

Robyn Griggs Lawrence | Posted 06.09.2011 | Green
Robyn Griggs Lawrence

Tear down one highly unsustainable McMansion and build two small green, handcrafted homes in its place? I like this idea a lot. Bothered by Australia...

Colorado Farmland Goes Dry As Suburbs Secure Water Supplies

The Denver Post | Bruce Finley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Colorado farmers still own more than 80 percent of water flowing in the state, but control is rapidly passing from them as growing suburbs move to sec...

WATCH: CREEPY ART: Spooky, Abandoned Architecture

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

On HuffPost Arts we frequently feature amazing architecture and design. These articles tend to focus on newly constructed edifices, but buildings, lik...

House of the Rising Blood Pressure

Dave Astor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Dave Astor

What's more American than ravaging precious open space and getting richer while making other people miserable?

Republicans Vacating Washington Have To Sell Homes In Terrible Market

New York Times | Catherine Rampell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Democrats, don't put away the celebratory booze just yet. One of the world's greatest opportunities for schadenfreude is about to present itself, as a...