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The Economy Of Smart Growth

Continuing the sprawl vs. smart growth debate, Todd Littman of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute responds to The Heritage Foundation's recent study that argues lower-density development, or sprawl, is less costly than smart growth.

Littman estimates the savings that can be realized via more compact development within existing urban boundaries and critiques Cox and Utt's analysis, suggesting that their report misrepresents smart growth. He notes that "most current development charges, utility fees and taxes fail to accurately reflect these location-related cost differences, representing a subsidy of sprawl. [PDF, 15 pages, 154 kb]

Thanks to Deborah Myerson

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