Massachusetts' Population Drop Threatens Environment

Exodus from Massachusetts is bad news for urban vitality and services such as mass transit.
April 20, 2005, 12pm PDT | Abhijeet Chavan
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Massachusetts was the only state to lose population last year, according to the Census. While some local environmentalists cheer at the news, it is a bad sign for urban planning and the fight against sprawl. "Population is flat or declining in our major cities, which have the roads, sewer systems, and fast-food outlets to serve more people than they've got. At the same time, the population is rising and open space is disappearing in the suburbs beyond I-495, and even past our borders into Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island."

Thanks to Robert David Sullivan

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Published on Sunday, April 17, 2005 in The Boston Globe
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