Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Confronting the Causes of Urban Sprawl


The list of causes of urban sprawl should begin with the market preference for large houses and lots, leading to recent over-building. We should stop right here and say that the recent mortgage, financial, and economic crises may have slowed down this cause considerably, but we're going to keep writing as if that's a real threat. We're a little afraid people will revert to their previous behavior when their immediate crisis is over.
Other causes and contributing factors include ignoring the consequences of unplanned growth of metropolitan areas, smaller cities, and towns.

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