Boomburb downtowns: The next generation of urban centers

R. E. Lang, Arthur Christian Nelson, Rebecca R. Sohmer

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Abstract

A new trend is emerging in rapidly growing suburbs, or “boomburbs.” While boomburbs are primarily still suburban in look and feel, some are beginning to develop downtowns and other quasi-urban centers. As the nation's preeminent urbanizing suburbs, boomburbs have enormous potential. Based on site visits and a review of existing plans provided, this article develops a boomburb downtown typology using a criterion of a center's scale (large or small), setting (infill or greenfield), and proximity to rail. The move toward more compact development in newly emerging centers of fast growing suburbs is a hopeful trend that should be encouraged and augmented. Urbanizing suburbs are one important key to remaking the American metropolis based on smart growth principles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-90
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Urbanism
Volume1
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Downtowns
  • Suburban growth
  • Transit-oriented development

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  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Urban Studies

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Boomburb downtowns : The next generation of urban centers. / Lang, R. E.; Nelson, Arthur Christian; Sohmer, Rebecca R.

In: Journal of Urbanism, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2008, p. 77-90.

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Lang, R. E. ; Nelson, Arthur Christian ; Sohmer, Rebecca R. / Boomburb downtowns : The next generation of urban centers. In: Journal of Urbanism. 2008 ; Vol. 1, No. 1. pp. 77-90.
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