Five Myths About Sprawl
35 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2006
This review of Robert Bruegmann's book, Sprawl: a compact history, suggests that Bruegmann overestimates the universality of sprawl, by overlooking the differences between pedestrian-friendly cities with some sprawling development and cities in which automobile-dependent sprawl is the only choice available to most consumers. In addition, Bruegmann understates the harmful social effects of sprawl, especially the effect of automobile-dependent development upon nondrivers.
Keywords: Bruegmann, sprawl, spatial mismatch, social justice, pedestrian, automobile, cities, urban, suburban
JEL Classification: J71, K11, K32, Q24, R00, R10, R20, R30, R40, R50
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