Sprawl, Land Preservation, and Growth Management
Housing Heats Up: Home Building Patterns in Metropolitan Areas
While most new homes are built in the suburbs, the number of new housing permits more than doubled in America's 39 largest metropolitan areas between 1991 and 1998. A comparison of the 39 cities by their land size clearly shows which cities had hot and cold housing construction markets. Hot markets include Seattle, Orlando, Boston, Miami, Tampa, New York, and San Francisco. Cold markets include Baltimore, Providence, Detroit, New Orleans, and Chicago.
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Divided We Sprawl
by Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley
As it appears in the December issue of The Atlantic Monthly
The familiar image of a beleaguered urban core surrounded by suburban prosperity is giving way to something more realistic and powerful: metropolitan areas in which urban and suburban communities lose out as a result of voracious growth in undeveloped areas and slower growth or absolute decline in older places. The idea that cities and suburbs are related, rather than antithetical, and make up a single social and economic reality, is called metropolitanism.
"Divided We Sprawl" lays out a metropolitan policy agenda that could strengthen both cities and suburbs. (12/99)
Where Are the Jobs?: Cities, Suburbs, and the Competition for Employment documents job growth trends in 92 metropolitan areas from 1993 to 1996. A majority of cities are gaining jobs, but their suburbs are gaining them faster, meaning that the recent economic expansion has favored the suburbs. (11/99)
By 2025, Central Florida may have run out of good air The Orlando Sentinel
Twenty-six years from now, Orlando will be near the top 20 largest cities in the US. Until now, the city has managed to add cars and people without damaging its air. However, increased population, more vehicles and a proliferation of pickups and sport-utility vehicles that do not meet the same pollution-control standards as cars are contributing to increased air pollution. As a result, Orlando had three high-ozone days in 1999, while Los Angeles will end the year without a single smoggy day for the first time since 1950. (Oct. 24, 1999)
Progress claiming Clay County's historic sites Government action needed 'to get out ahead of the growth'
Bulldozers recently mowed down a Middleburg farm house built in the 1800s to make room for a new Publix grocery store.
Article by Shannon Womble in The Florida Times-Union, Nov. 26, 1999
Rural areas work on goals for growth What's the best thing that might come out of the Lutz and Odessa/Keystone community plans? An end of frustration felt by residents, developers and county officials.
Article by Jackie Ripley in The St. Petersburg Times, Nov. 12, 1999
- "For Voters, The Target is Sprawl: Curbs on growth are a popular item"
Article by William Booth in The Washington Post, Dec. 7, 1998
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- Brookings Institute Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy
- Center of Excellence for Sustainable Development -- U.S. Department of Energy site.
- Florida Department of Community Affairs
- Florida DCA Growth Management Study
- Florida Sustainable Communities Center
- New Town Law -- information about legal planning for new urbanist development.
- New Urban News is a publication devoted exclusively to new urbanist development. Its site has extensive links to other sites of interest.
- The Preservation Project, Jacksonville
In January 1999, Jacksonville Mayor John Delaney unveiled The Preservation Project, a $312.8 million plan to improve the quality of life of Jacksonville residents by enhancing parks, purchasing land for conservation and improving access to the city's natural assets. The Preservation Project is a growth management plan that, through massive land acquisition, aims to take land out of development and improve air and water quality.
- Planning Commissioners Journal Sprawl Resource Guide
- Sierra Club's Suburban Sprawl Report
- Sprawl Watch
- Texas Transportation Institute
Urban Mobility Study
This report evaluates travel conditions and operations of the freeway and principal arterial street networks in 68 urbanized areas (including 5 urban areas in Florida).
- Walkable Communities, Inc.