The shifting geography of sprawl

By Michael Brenneis Sprawl appears to be decreasing in North America. That is, new development is adding to the share of gridded or connected streets in the street network. However, in other parts of the world, new development is increasingly taking the form of gated communities, cul-du-sacs, and

Compact, connected development patterns on the rise since mid-1990s

By Chris McCahill Low density, disconnected development patterns—or sprawl—peaked in the mid-1990s, then declined by as much as 9 percent in the following decades, according to a new analysis of street patterns published by the National Academy of Sciences. Because of its innovative

Golden, CO, stands firm against Denver’s Beltway expansion

For now, it appears that Golden, Colorado, a city just west of Denver in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, has successfully blocked the expansion of Denver’s beltway, noted in a recent New York Times article. As proposed, the highway would run directly through the center of Golden,