Suburban Sprawl: Not Just an Environmental Issue
Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
Marquette Law Review, Vol. 84, No. 301, 2000
GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 175
Many conservatives believe that (1) sprawl is merely the result of the free market at work; (2) even if sprawl has negative effects, it cannot be limited without implementation of the liberal/environmentalist agenda of larger and more intrusive government; therefore, (3) conservatives should do nothing to fight sprawl. This article rejects all three propositions. Specifically, I argue that: (1) sprawl is in large part a result of runaway statism rather than the free market; (2) sprawl threatens conservative values such as consumer choice, the work ethic, and social stability, and (3) free-market, anti-spending solutions can limit sprawl and revitalize cities.
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Date posted: November 18, 2005
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