Urban Growth Trends Webinar

The University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and
the National Center for Smart Growth’s
Brown Bag Webinar Series continues with

Urban Growth Trends in U.S. Metropolitan Regions: A Tale of Two Studies

Presentations by
Kevin Ramsey U.S. EPA's Office of Sustainable Communities
Gerrit Knaap
National Center for Smart Growth

Friday, April 5, 2013
12:00 - 1:00 PM

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Preinkert Field House - Conference Room 1112V
University of Maryland College Park

In the past few months, both the Office of Sustainable Communities and the National Center for Smart Growth have released papers that examine growth patterns in large cities of the United States. Both papers find a resurgence of growth in some cities but a continuation of sprawl in others. The two papers are based on different sets of data and cover different time periods and in some cases report different results. In this brown bag seminar Kevin Ramsey and Gerrit Knaap present the results of these two research projects and discuss the similarities and differences in their findings.


Kevin Ramsey, Ph.D. is a Policy Research Fellow in the U.S. EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities. He authors studies on smart growth trends and oversees the development of GIS data products and tools that enable performance evaluation of alternative land use scenarios. He also co-chairs the HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities performance measurement work group. Kevin received his doctorate in Geography from the University of Washington.

Gerrit Knaap, Ph.D. has been Professor of Urban Studies and Planning and Executive Director of the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education at the University of Maryland since 2002. Trained as an economist, Dr. Knaap has conducted considerable research on land use and urban form. He has recently led several large scale scenario analyses, including in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. Dr. Knaap has published papers on land use and scenario analysis in leading urban economics and planning journals.