Quantifying The Cost Of Sprawl

A new book, 'Sprawl Costs', calculates the cost of sprawl. Leading the list is Las Vegas, which has the highest per-capita cost, at $72,697 per person.

"The authors of "Sprawl Costs: Economic Impacts of Unchecked Development" tapped the results of 10 years of research to conclude that shifting to more compact forms of development could save billions of dollars over time. "Sprawl has direct and quantifiable costs to our economy and in our individual lives," said Robert Burchell, co-author of the book ..."

...The Sacramento "economic area," made up of the traditional metro area plus neighboring rural counties, is No. 14 in the U.S. when ranked by sprawl costs, the authors say. The markets facing the highest costs are Los Angeles, Washington/Baltimore and the San Francisco Bay area, with costs associated with sprawl estimated at $535 billion, $384 billion and $378 billion respectively for the period from 2000 through 2025. "

Thanks to transport-policy Listserv

Full Story: Study: Sprawl costs billions; Sacramento area pays high price

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