Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. David Dixon
    Pages 1-11
  3. Setting the Stage

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Christopher B. Leinberger
      Pages 15-31
  4. Suburban Markets

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Laurie Volk, Todd Zimmerman, Christopher Volk-Zimmerman
      Pages 64-81
    3. Sarah Woodworth
      Pages 82-93
    4. Michael J. Berne
      Pages 94-109
  5. Case Studies for Walkable Urban Places

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 110-111
    2. Stewart Schwartz
      Pages 112-129
    3. Linda E. Hollis, Sterling Wheeler
      Pages 130-143
    4. Chris Snyder
      Pages 144-159
    5. Harold Madi, Simon O’Byrne
      Pages 172-187
    6. Terry Foegler
      Pages 188-201
    7. Christopher Zimmerman
      Pages 202-217
    8. Mark Hinshaw
      Pages 218-233
  6. Bringing It All Together

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
    2. David Dixon
      Pages 236-265
    3. Jason Beske
      Pages 266-289
  7. Jason Beske, David Dixon
    Pages 291-292
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 297-308

About this book


The suburban dream of a single-family house with a white picket fence no longer describes how most North Americans want to live. The dynamics that powered sprawl have all but disappeared. Instead, new forces are transforming real estate markets, reinforced by new ideas of what constitutes healthy and environmentally responsible living. Investment has flooded back to cities because dense, walkable, mixed-use urban environments offer choices that support diverse dreams. Auto-oriented, single-use suburbs have a hard time competing.
This volume brings together experts in planning, urban design, real estate development, and urban policy to demonstrate how suburbs can use growing demand for urban living to renew their appeal as places to live work, play, and invest. The case studies and analyses show how compact new urban places are already being created in suburbs to produce health, economic, and environmental benefits, and contribute to solving a growing equity crisis.

Above all, this book shows that suburbs can evolve and thrive by investing in the methods and approaches used successfully in cities. Whether next-generation suburbs grow from historic village centers (Dublin, Ohio) or emerge de novo in communities with no historic center (Tysons, Virginia), the stage is set for a new chapter of development—suburbs whose proudest feature is not a new mall but a more human-scale feel and form.


urban planning urban design real estate development urban policy urban environments

Editors and affiliations

  • Jason Beske
    • 1
  • David Dixon
    • 2
  1. 1.RestonUSA
  2. 2.Stantec’s Urban Places GroupBostonUSA

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