Weekly Snapshot: Reining in "Sprawleigh" North Carolina

April 22, 2011
The Weekly Snapshot is a look back at a few of the most interesting stories in urban planning and policy
Suburban sprawl, Las Vegas Style, photo by flickr user John K.

In the past decade, the population of Raleigh, North Carolina, has grown faster than almost any major metropolitan area, earning it the less-than-desirable nickname "Sprawleigh." In response to its reputation for bad urban sprawl, city officials have begun extensive rezoning efforts for Raleigh's 2030 Comprehensive Plan. The plan would introduce new codes designed to increase density by appealing to younger populations who want to live close to where they work, as well as older populations who would benefit from pedestrian-centered neighborhoods.
Read Full Story at TIME

More from the week in urbanism:

A Prescription for a Healthier Nation
Clark Manus, president of the AIA, argues that the built environment plays a large role in shaping public health, and if architects and planners focus on creating healthier spaces, design can provide a "prescription for the nation's health."
Read Full Story at Architect Magazine

The Rush to Build Walkable Urban Grocery Stores

Cities are seeing a revolution in grocery store development as large supermarkets try to fill a niche in the urban market by using design techniques and new ideas to attract pedestrians rather than drivers.
Read Full Story at UrbanLand

Dutch Superbus

In contrast to the Onion's recent spoof mocking high-speed rail with a "high-speed bus" proposal, Dutch physicist Wubbo Ockels has designed a prototype for a real superbus that is capable of traveling 150 mph on highways.
Read Full Story at Antiplanner