Curbing Dense Sprawl
32(3) Natural Resources & Environment 18 (Winter 2018)
4 Pages Posted: 2 Jul 2018
Date Written: November 15, 2017
Dense residential and commercial developments have been touted by the environmental community for years. Yet, as demonstrated by recent sprawl studies, without abrupt changes in both population growth and the stringency of land use planning at state and local levels, future sprawl is inevitable in the U.S. This article puts forth three options for addressing the inevitability of sprawl, and argues that until the sprawl question is addressed through adequate law and policy, advocates should promote developments that are less dense and that integrate more of the natural environment into the places where we live, shop, and work.
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