Commentary

More Links on Suburban Growth

Earlier this week, the Brookings Institution released a report describing the decentralization of jobs in U.S. metropolitan areas. This is not a new trend.

Wendell Cox has been tracking suburbanization trends for years and found that suburbs are the growth centers of U.S. and world metropolitan areas. From 2000 to 2006, suburban areas captured 91 percent of the population growth in U.S. urbanized areas. Data for the world’s largest urban areas can be found here.

The modern classic on urban decentralization is Bob Bruegmann’s highly regarded book Sprawl: A Compact History.

Wendell’s book War on the Dream is also an engaging read.

Reason Foundation’s work on sprawl and suburbanization may be best encapsulated in our policy report The Sprawling of America and Older Suburbs: Crabgrass Slums or New Urban Frontier.

Samuel R. Staley, Ph.D. is a senior research fellow at Reason Foundation and managing director of the DeVoe L. Moore Center at Florida State University in Tallahassee where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in urban planning, regulation, and urban economics. Prior to joining Florida State, Staley was director of urban growth and land-use policy for Reason Foundation where he helped establish its urban policy program in 1997.