NAHB Best In American Living - Winter 2018 - v2 - 20
By Galina Tachieva
The next frontier
The home building industry can participate in one
of the most important projects of the 21st century:
building a better suburb through retrofit and repair
that transforms underutilized, disconnected
suburban assets into livable, walkable communities.
The United States population is projected to increase by almost
100 million people in the next 40 years. And yet, the demand for
single-family housing is expected to decline as people age and
fewer households have children. Cities and inner suburbs will not
be able to accommodate everyone, even though many will want
the convenience and amenities of an urban lifestyle that serves
contemporary social, economic, and environmental needs.
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Left: Conventional single-use shopping center development.
Right: The proposed sprawl repair includes high-density
residential, commercial, and civic uses supported by