The Argument for Sprawl or Growth in Urban Planning

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Are compact cities a desirable planning goal?(14 page pdf, Gordon, Peter; Richardson, Harry W, American Planning Association. Journal of the American Planning Association, Winter 1997)

Today we review a paper written more than a decade ago that presents arguments and some factual evidence in favour of sprawl (or “growth” as the authors term it) and against the trend toward more and more concentrated populations in the urban area. This is an important debate because of the economic and environmental issues involved. Readers of this post are invited to examine some of the measures presented in the paper as general indicators, as they apply to individual cities to see if they apply there.

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