Compactness vs. Sprawl Revisited: Converging Views

32 Pages Posted: 5 Feb 2014

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Reid Ewing

University of Utah

Harry Richardson

University of Southern California - Sol Price School of Public Policy

Keith Bartholomew Burch

Independent

Arthur C. Nelson

Virginia Tech

Christine Bae

Independent

Date Written: January 30, 2014

Abstract

This paper examines the relative merits of compact cities or urban sprawl (suburban settlement patterns) as a spatial solution to environmental problems (such as climate control), automobile dependence, economic development, infrastructure costs and the quality of urban life.

Keywords: compact cities, sprawl, vehicle miles traveled, carbon emissions, infrastructure costs, residential preferences, commuting times

JEL Classification: R140

Suggested Citation

Ewing, Reid and Richardson, Harry and Burch, Keith Bartholomew and Nelson, Arthur C. and Bae, Christine, Compactness vs. Sprawl Revisited: Converging Views (January 30, 2014). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 4571, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2390552 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2390552

Reid Ewing

University of Utah

1645 E. Campus Center
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
United States

Harry Richardson (Contact Author)

University of Southern California - Sol Price School of Public Policy ( email )

Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626
United States

Keith Bartholomew Burch

Independent ( email )

Arthur C. Nelson

Virginia Tech ( email )

250 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061
United States

Christine Bae

Independent ( email )

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