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Village Green: "I watched the growth - it's become 'Paradise Lost' for me"

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Today’s title comes from Jeff Holm, chair of the Board of Supervisors for Baldwin Township, Minnesota.  Baldwin is a rural community s...

Village Green: Is a Building Still Historic if Moved Out of Context?

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

The question is posed directly in the case of the spectacular old St. Gerard's Roman Catholic basilica in Buffalo, which is now likely to be moved to an Atlanta suburb.

Village Green: Some Fighting Words About Suburban Sprawl

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

  “The biggest fight I think we’ll see in the next ten years is the fight between people in cities who are trying to transform them ...

Pax Urbana -- Debunking America's Third War

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

The real motive of a recent article by Joel Kotkin's is to defend an outmoded, retrograde notion of freedom that he never defines

Village Green: The Year's Top Stories for Sustainable Communities and Smart Growth

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

All in all, we had a mixture of good, disappointing, and great news for smart growth and sustainability in 2009. Taking a long view that considers where this issue was fifteen or even ten years ago, I remain very optimistic.

Can Wal-Mart Think Smaller?

Al Norman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Al Norman

Wal-Mart is hinting at smaller stores. The reality: land is not available anywhere for the classic Wal-Mart supercenter, weighing in at over 200,000 square feet.

Village Green: It's Time to Update What Constitutes a 'Green Building'

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

For most of the US Green Building Council's LEED for Homes award winners, the residences' green features will be offset by the damage caused by the sites' automobile dependence, and distance from jobs and services.

Northbrook Police's Gun Giveaway Program Under Fire

Ellen Gill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Ellen Gill

Many residents of Northbrook and the surrounding suburbs are upset about the gun giveaway because it will put more weapons in our neighborhood.

Immigrants Prop Up Cities Hit By Population Loss

USA Today | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The recession has brought a nation built on moving from place to place to a standstill not seen since World War II, but immigration continues in major...

Suburban Towns Strive To Be Environmentally Aware

nytimes.com | MIREYA NAVARRO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Some of these towns are offering energy retrofits; others furnish free parking to fuel-efficient hybrid cars. Yet others are limiting or banning the u...

Hiking in Cities

Michael Koenigs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Michael Koenigs

Making cities "walkable" again has become an imperative for urban planners seeking to lure populations back from the sprawling suburbs.

The Philip Roth Reader: What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been

Karen Stabiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Karen Stabiner

In the summer between my freshman and sophomore year in college I got a postcard from a boy in my sociology class. It read something like this: "Please, read Goodbye, Columbus right now."

Can Local Farmng Save The Suburbs From Itself?

civileats.com | Forrest Fulton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

I believe suburban farming, like urban farming before it, can begin to bring back a more civic, sustainable economy. After urban renewal we need a sub...

Barack Obama and the American Dream

Lauri Lyons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lauri Lyons

The past four decades have been a mixture of social growing pains and progress. Even with that said, most people never believed that a Black man would become the President.

Waste Not Want Not: City Living is the Way to a Wealthier Nation

John Petro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
John Petro

To reduce the country's excessive energy consumption, we need to make our new and existing suburbs more like cities. This means embracing the principles of smart growth and transit-oriented development.

The Great Divide: Swimming Against the Tide in Suburbia

Tina Traster | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tina Traster

Not playing by the rules is dicey in suburbia where children are raised in a culture of uniformity. I don't let my daughter go to birthday parties at Chuck E. Cheese or eat cafeteria school food or watch television during the week. This makes her different. This makes us different.

The End of the Age of Oil: Will It Be a Soft or Hard Landing?

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Anis Shivani

Reading Steiner's $20 Per Gallon makes us realize how contingent our way of life is, and how uncertain its future prospects are.

Field of Dreams: Organic Gardens Planted To Lure Homebuyers

nytimes.com | ALEC APPELBAUM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

From Vermont to central California, developers are creating subdivisions around organic farms to attract buyers. If you plant it, these developers bel...

Revive U.S. Housing by Killing Cars and 'Spurbs'

John F. Wasik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John F. Wasik

If U.S. housing is going to rebound long-term, we need to vanquish the car and stop encouraging sprawl.

Curbing Our Enthusiasm for Perfect Lawns

Juli Charkes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Juli Charkes

The need to create a thick mat of civilized green has come at a cost. American soil has become a de-facto dumping ground for chemicals that threaten our health.

Financial Crisis Spawns "Suburban Survivalists"

AP | GILLIAN FLACCUS | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

SAN DIEGO — Six months ago, Jim Wiseman didn't even have a spare nutrition bar in his kitchen cabinet. Now, the 54-year-old businessman and fat...

So Cal Chronicles Suburban-Style

Jane Minogue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Jane Minogue

At the checkout in front of me was a frail, elderly lady in a gray sweat suit. Her liver-spotted hands shook as she put 2 jugs of wine onto the counter. One red, one white. Her drugs of choice.

Is America's Love Affair With The "Exburbs" Over?

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Jean Bell didn't plan to take care of her neighbor's lawn when she moved to this cluster of brick townhouses hard by the freeway. But the house next ...

The Un-Malling of America

Bob Giloth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Bob Giloth

"More than 400 of the 2,000 largest malls in the U.S.have closed in the past two years...[I]n the past 12 months, retail sales have dropped an unprece...

Who Says You Can't Go Home?

Carey Polis | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carey Polis

I know very few people who are truly happy with their post-college lives. But, as much as I want to conveniently use the term "quarterlife crisis," it's not what's going on.