Suburban Resources

Finding books, studies or other information on the perspective that suburban living is good—other than the vast majority of people who, since Roman times, vote with their feet and choose to live there instead of inner cities—is difficult as it conflicts with the normative urban planning narrative, but over the years I’ve been studying the issue in relation to my work at ARPPS, I’ve come up a few good ones, all of which are incorporated in our research report: The American River Parkway’s Suburban Setting: The Sacramento Dream,A Vision & Policy Primer from the American River Parkway Preservation Society, April 9, 2012

Here is a sampling.


Cox. W. (2012, April 7). California declares war against suburbia. Wall Street Journal.

Kotkin, J. (2005, November). The new suburbanism: A realist’s guide to the American future. Costa Mesa, California, The Planning Center, Available as a PDF Document.


Bogart, W. T. (2006). Don’t call it sprawl: Metropolitan structure in the Twenty-First Century. New York: CambridgeUniversity Press.

Bruegmann, R. (2005). Sprawl: A compact history. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Kotkin, J. (2005). The city: A global history. New York: The Modern Library.

Waldie, D. J. (1996). Holy land: A suburban memoir. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.

Waste, R. J. (1998). Independent cities: Rethinking U. S. urban policy. New York: OxfordUniversity Press.

New Geography Website Articles:

Kotkin, J. (2011, July 26). California wages war on single-family homes.

Kotkin, J. (2012, February 29). Don’t bet against the single-family house.

Verdoorn, J. (2012, February 21). Unintended consequences of the neo-traditional city planning model.

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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