trends in the suburbs



This is a recent selection of papers on our research on the suburbs. (For more, visit Jill Grant’s faculty web page.

Jill L Grant [forthcoming] Growth Management Theory: From the Garden City to Smart Growth. The Routledge Handbook of Planning Theory, edited by Michael Gunder, Ali Madanipour, and Vanessa Watson. Routledge. [expected 2017]

Jill L Grant [forthcoming] Contested spaces: Suburban development in Halifax and other mid-sized Canadian cities. The Life of North American Suburbs, edited by Jan Nijman. University of Toronto Press. [expected 2017]

Jill L Grant [forthcoming] Factors affecting development patterns in the suburbs of small to mid-sized Canadian cities. The Suburban Land Question: A global survey, edited by Ute Lehrer and Richard Harris. University of Toronto Press. [expected 2017]

Kirk Brewer and Jill L Grant. 2015. Seeking density and mix in the suburbs: challenges for mid-sized cities. Planning Theory and Practice 16(2): 151-168.

Leah Perrin and Jill L Grant. 2014. Perspectives on mixing housing types in new suburbs. Town Planning Review 85(3): 363-385.

Jill L Grant. 2013. Suburbs in transition. The future of the suburbs, Interface. Planning Theory and Practice 14(3): 391-392.

Jill L Grant and Daniel E Scott. 2012. Complete communities versus the Canadian dream: representations of suburban aspirations. Canadian Journal of Urban Research: Canadian Planning and Policy 21(1) Supplement: 132-157.

Jill L Grant and Katherine Perrott. 2011. Where is the café? The challenge of making retail uses viable in mixed use suburban developments. Urban Studies 48(1): 177-195.

Gillad Rosen and Jill L Grant. 2010. Reproducing difference: gated communities in Canada and Israel. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (published online in July 2010 – DOI:10.111/j.1468-2427.2010.00981x

Jill L Grant and Katherine Perrott. 2009. Producing diversity in a new urbanism community: policy and practice. TPR (Town Planning Review) 80(3): 267-289.

Jill L Grant. 2009. Experiential planning: a practitioner’s account of Vancouver’s success. Journal of the American Planning Association. 75(3): 276-288.

Jill L Grant and Gillad Rosen. 2009. Armed compounds and broken arms: the cultural production of gated communities. Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 99(3): 575-589.

Jill L Grant. 2009. Theory and practice in planning the suburbs: challenges in implementing new urbanism, smart growth, and sustainability principles. Planning Theory and Practice, 10(1): 11-33.

Jill L Grant and Leah Carson. 2008. Privatizing the fringe: patterns of private streets in a slow-growth region. Urban Design International, 13(4): 253-262.

Jill L Grant and Stephanie Bohdanow. 2008. New urbanism communities in Canada: a survey. Journal of Urbanism 1(2): 109-127.

Jill Grant. 2007. Two sides of a coin? New urbanism and gated communities. Housing Policy Debate 18(3): 481-501.

Jill Grant and Andrew Curran. 2007. Privatised suburbia: the planning implications of private roads. Environment and Planning B: Planning and design 34(4): 740-54.

Jill Grant. 2007. An American effect: contextualizing gated communities in Canadian planning practice. Canadian Journal of Urban Research / Canadian Planning and Policy 16(1) Supplement: 1-19.

Jill Grant. 2006. The ironies of new urbanism. Canadian Journal of Urban Research 15(2): 158-74



Leah Perrin and Jill L Grant. 2014. Planning for social diversity in the Canadian suburbs. Plan Canada 54(1): 36-41.

Troy Gonzalez and Jill L Grant. 2013. Living with density: from “chicken coops” to livability. Municipal World 123(11): 27-30.

Jill L Grant, Heidi Craswell, Leah Perrin. 2012. Planning healthy suburbs. Plan Canada 52(4):39-43.

Jill L Grant. 2011. Planning for the long term: regulating for resilience. Plan Canada 51(4): 22-25.

Jill L Grant. 2010. Fads, fancies… and form-based codes. Plan Canada 50(3): 17-19.

Blake Laven and Jill L Grant. 2009. Condo-minimizing connectivity: the effect of townhouse developments on suburban travel. Plan Canada 49(1): 45-49.

Jill Grant and Jaime Orser Smith. 2006. Visions of a common future. Plan Canada 46(1): 16-18.

Jill Grant. 2002. From ‘sugar cookies’ to ‘gingerbread men’: conformity in suburban design. Planners Network Journal, 151 (Spring): 10-13. Available online at

Jill Grant, Hisafumi Saito, Kaori Itoh. 2002. The effects of administrative structure on planning outcomes: comparing Canada and Japan. Faculty of Sociology Bulletin (Chukyo University, Toyota, Japan) 16(1): 87-107.

Jill Grant. 2000. Life with less sprawl: Japanese communities demonstrate designs for more compact living. Alternatives 26(3): 24.

Jill Grant. 2000. The Japanese city: sustaining a tradition. Japan Foundation Newsletter 27(2):10-12.

Jill Grant. 2000. Community planning in Canada, with some comparisons to Japan. Shakaikagaku-Kenkyu (Bulletin of the Institute of Social Science Research), 20(1): 158-168 (Chukyo University, Nagoya, Japan).

Jill Grant. 1999. Planning sustainable cities: learning from the Japanese experience. Faculty of Sociology Bulletin (Chukyo University, Toyota, Japan) XIV (2): 70-77.

Jill Grant. 1999. Can planning save the suburbs? Plan Canada 39(4): 16-18. Available at