The Flood and the Sprawl of Brisbane

Devastating floods have inundated Brisbane, Australia. Some say the city's sprawling development pattern fueled the destruction.

Grist points to postings from Dan Hill of City of Sound, who's been in a Brisbane suburb during the flooding. This post offers a nice summary, but the full piece from Hill is a very detailed look at the flood from the scene.

"If you need to drive to it, it might as well not exist: Walkability is important for quality of life, but in a disaster, it may be life and death. If you live in the urban sprawl, you're SOL if you can't get to a mall or downtown, because that's where all the necessary stuff is. Cities are more resilient when the stuff you need can be found on a small scale from neighborhood to neighborhood, not all clumped together in a megamall."

Full Story: How sprawl killed Brisbane: A report from inside the flood

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