Boomburbs: The Suburban Landscape and Smart Growth’s Future

Los Angeles (February 8, 2007)- Suburban communities have their own culture, growth patterns, and demographics. The suburbs are critical to the success of Smart Growth in dozens of regions across the country. Smart Growth policymakers must understand what drives suburban communities so they can fashion realistic planning, land use, and transportation strategies.

Hear about Robert Lang’s new book for the Brookings Institution–Boomburbs–that explores the demographic and policy trends of the nation’s largest suburban cities (with populations 200,000+). These trends will have huge implications in shaping the future SG policies, such as providing affordable housing, transportation, and regional collaboration among local governments. More importantly, the Boomburbs have become a political force all their own.
Learn more from:
* Moderator: Christy McFarland, Senior Research Associate, National League of Cities
* Dr. Arthur C. “Chris” Nelson, Director, Alexandria Campus, Virginia Tech’s School of Urban Affairs and Planning
* Mayor Ron Loveridge, City of Riverside, California
About Smart Growth
Ten years ago, smart growth was a burgeoning concept- one that had gained footing in a few progressive places throughout the country. These days, smart growth plays an important role in communities across the nation. Smart Growth is about quality of life and the ability for all people to have access to decent livable communities. For some, this is inherent in their daily lives. For many others, especially those in the middle and lower classes, choices and options for safe and healthy living are few.
Whether the problem is the jobs/housing imbalance, increasing vehicle miles traveled, competition for localized tax base, open space preservation, or air and water quality, the importance of a regional model for smart growth planning is critical. Local governments and their neighbors need to find common ground through understanding the benefits of land use polices directed at making the regional healthier, this will in turn create more livable communities in localized neighborhoods.
About the 6th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth: Building Safe, Healthy and Livable Communities (February 8-10, 2007)
The 2007 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Los Angeles, California, hosted record attendance of over 1,500 people from across the country for three full days of presentations, discussions, and information sharing. The conference was produced by the Local Government Commission (LGC). Audio CDs of the conference are also available. Nearly all of the conference sessions, plenaries, breakouts and workshops were audio recorded.
For more information, visit
New Partners for SmartGrowth
Smart Growth Online