Suburban Sprawl: Not Just an Environmental Issue

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Michael Lewyn

Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center


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.

Suggested Citation

Lewyn, Michael, Suburban Sprawl: Not Just an Environmental Issue. Marquette Law Review, Vol. 84, No. 301, 2000; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 175. Available at SSRN:

Michael Lewyn (Contact Author)

Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center ( email )

225 Eastview Drive
Central Islip, NY 11722
United States

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