suburban development


Adrienne Miller

Conditions, convenants and restrictions, 2013

  • Faulty Construction
  • Flood Plain
  • Tire Fire
  • Suburban Encroachment

(mixed media on carved birch panel)

With the series title referencing limitations and rules placed on a group of homes by a builder, developer, or neighborhood association, each piece explores the nature of suburban development.


Autumn 1979. Ohio. Five kids on bikes tool around their suburban development and stumble into an adventure involving monsters and sinister authority figures.

Autumn 1983. Indiana. Four kids on bikes tool around their suburban development and stumble into an adventure involving monsters and sinister authority figures.

Autumn 1988. Ohio. Four kids on bikes tool around their suburban development and stumble into an adventure involving monsters and sinister authority figures.

These are the setups of three recent pop culture offerings: respectively, the 2011 film Super 8, the new Netflix series Stranger Things, and the Image Comics series Paper Girls, which launched last year.

But these three properties share a lot more than just that common jumping-off point. They are all concerned with adolescence, specifically the push-pull tension between the familiar safety of home and the unknown dangers of the adult world.

Kids On Bikes: The Sci-Fi Nostalgia Of ‘Stranger Things’, 'Paper Girls’ & 'Super 8’

SN: Adapted from his recent book, The New Urban Crisis, Richard Florida provides CityLab a walkthrough of the decline of modern suburbs. Please take note, as in the quote above, it is the inner ring suburbs that suffer disproportionately, and despite any misgivings about how they developed and how much they contributed to the ills of the past, I would argue that just like the prior decline of our inner cities, Americans should not turn their backs on these established inner ring, or middle, burbs. It will take some creativity, the protection of existing green space, more density, an increase in mixed used development, and a whole lot of transit. Not easy, but infinitely better then abandoned 7-11s, office parks, and cookie cutter homes. The space simply needs to be repurposed and not left to blight.

From Florida and CityLab:

The New Suburban Crisis

During the mid-1980s, before anyone thought of the suburbs as being on a downward trajectory, the urban designer David Lewis, a Carnegie Mellon colleague of mine at the time, told me that the future project of suburban renewal would likely make our vast 20th-century urban renewal efforts look like a walk in the park.

Incongruous as it might seem, the suburban dimension of the New Urban Crisis may well turn out to be bigger than the urban one, if for no other reason than the fact that more Americans live in suburbs than cities. Members of the privileged elite may be returning to the urban cores, but large majorities of almost everyone else continue to locate in the suburbs.

Across the United States, more than one in four suburbanites are poor or nearly poor. In fact, the suburbs of America’s largest metropolitan areas have more poor people living in them than their inner cities do, and poverty is also growing at a much faster rate in the suburbs. Between 2000 and 2013, the number of people living below the poverty line in American cities increased by 29 percent. During that same period, the ranks of the suburban poor grew by 66 percent. Seventeen million suburbanites lived below the poverty line in 2013, compared to 13.5 million urbanites. Concentrated poverty also resides in the suburbs—the numbers of the suburban poor who lived in neighborhoods of where at least 40 percent of residents were below the poverty line grew by 139 percent between 2000 and 2012. That’s triple the growth rate for concentrated poverty populations in the cities.

Economic mobility is significantly lower in more spread-out metros today than it is in denser cities. While it remains true that persistently poor urban neighborhoods concentrate and perpetuate a cycle of poverty, poor suburban neighborhoods also present challenges: They isolate and disconnect their residents both from jobs and from economic opportunity, and also from the social services that can mitigate poverty’s worst effects. Even when suburbs have social services, the poor are less able to access them because they are harder to find and harder to reach than urban social services.

Growth today is in fact concentrated in dense urban areas and at suburbia’s far-flung peripheries. Population growth is occurring fastest in the farthest-out (or “suburbiest”) parts of suburbs and in the densest urban neighborhoods, as real estate economist Jed Kolko wrote for CityLab in 2015. It’s far less expensive to build on the wide-open, undeveloped land in outlying areas than anywhere else, and it’s easier to grow fast when you’re starting from nothing. The densest urban places are attracting people and jobs because of their convenience and improved productivity. Meanwhile, the middle of our suburban geography is being hollowed out and squeezed economically: Growth is bypassing the older suburban areas that lie between the two poles of urban center and outlying new development.

When all is said and done, the suburban crisis reflects the end of a long era of cheap growth. Building roads and infrastructure and constructing houses on virgin land was and is an incredibly inexpensive way to provide an American Dream to the masses, certainly when compared to what it costs to build new subway lines, tunnels, and high-rise buildings in mature cities. For much of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, and on into the 1980s and 1990s, suburbanization was the near-perfect complement to America’s industrial economy. More than the great mobilization effort of World War II or any of the Keynesian stimulus policies that were applied during the 1930s, it was suburban development that propelled the golden era of economic growth in the 1950s and 1960s. As working- and middle-class families settled into suburban houses, their purchases of washers, dryers, television sets, living-room sofas, and automobiles stimulated the manufacturing sector that employed so many of them, creating more jobs and still more homebuyers. Sprawl was driver of the now-fading era of cheap economic growth.

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Location | Carnaxide, Lisbon, Portugal .

Here we see how a more modern 60-70s suburban development has been built in the vicinity of the old city. The aerial show three residential apartment buildings connected into one huge residential. Quite a remarkable sight. On the other hand, some may say walking between the buildings at night is rather scary.
Carnaxide is a former third level administrative subdivision (civil parish) in the municipality Oeiras. It has history back to the 13th century when it was the first suburban parish of Lisbon.

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Fire Island Modernist

The Hamptons’ party-going cousin, south of Long Island, New York, didn’t earn its reputation for nothing. In the mid-twentieth century is was a place to see and be seen; a place where good times could be found, particularly for the sexually-liberated young man.

Fire Island Pines, its upmarket gay resort, hosted near-naked black tie galas and impromptu fashion shows by Diane von Furstenburg in its pomp. Calvin Klein called the Pines home and Truman Capote wrote “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” from one of its beach houses. At its peak, 1979’s “Party of the Century” was such a hot ticket even the owner of Studio 54 struggled to get in.

The island’s exploits from this era have since passed into legend. However, what lives on is its stunning architecture, built for the Pines’ tasteful and moneyed inhabitants. But with no protection from developers and suburban creep, can the party last for much longer?

Read the full article Sun, sex and sculpted timber: How architecture shaped Fire Island Pines here.

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Monarch butterflies are disappearing.

Populations of these distinctive black and orange migratory insects have been in precipitous decline for the past 20 years, but scientists aren’t exactly sure what’s causing them to vanish.

So far, potential culprits include disease, climate change, drought and deforestation. Everyone from loggers to suburban developers has been implicated. But much of the blame has been placed on farmers and the pesticides they rely on — pesticides that have reduced the milkweed that monarch caterpillars feast on. Now, however, scientists say that may not be the full story.

Can Planting More Milkweed Save Monarch Butterflies? It’s Complicated

Photo: Sandy and Chuck Harris/Flickr


Documentary on the legacy of the Eichler Homes company.  Joesph Eichler was the first American developer to work with modernist architects, such as A Quincy Jones and Raphael Soriano, to deliver whole neighbourhoods of bespoke homes to a middle income buyer. Unlike the majority of suburban developers of the time, who refused to sell to black or hispanic customers, Eichler were also known for their non-discrimination policies.

“In a stitch like this, you gotta think/And I don’t think you think about the way he thinks.” - What Is Love? nevershoutnever

my take on @horatiosroom ‘s MySpace AU- especially that ONE PICTURE that’s completely ruined my life. (thanks! <3)

there are some things that are erroneous about Hux in this now that we’ve gotten an update on his family life, but, hey, i’m here for fancypants Hux b/c rich kid w/ absent parents means lots of money & time to do WHATEVER HE WANTS WITH w/out consequences. basically it made my life easier.

also i’m pretty sure this just loses all momentum at the end but maybe it’s….sweet? i dunno. i’ve been working on and off on this for like 2 weeks & i just wanted to be done. it was like when you knead certain doughs? it was just getting stiffer & tougher to work with the longer i kept messing with it… hope you like it!

undercut for length (it’s like 1.3k words), dubcon, underage, gore, & Hux being Hux. i decided not to write full-out sex (my grey ass just was out of energy to write s e x of all things) but it’s definitely discussed…

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New Urbanist Andrés Duany created the rural-to-urban transect as a model of urban planning. The transect defines a series of zones that evolve from sparse rural farmhouses to the dense urban core. Each zone contains a similar transition from the edge to the center of a neighborhood. The transect is an important part of the New Urbanism and Smart Growth movements.

Transect planning can be seen as a contrast to the single land-use pattern favored by modern city zoning and suburban development. In these patterns, large areas are dedicated to a single purpose, such as housing, offices, shopping, and they can only be accessed via major roads. The transect, by contrast, involves mixed-use development and therefore decreases the necessity for long-distance travel by any means.

friendly reminder that alison hendrix wouldn’t have tolerated, let alone CONSIDERED, letting helena anywhere near her home or children and now helena is crashing at her house, wearing her clothes, joking around with her daughter, and praising donnie while alison goes about her business without a single worry about having an assassin spending some quality one on one time with her family.