Brawl Over Sprawl

Matthew Kiefer frames the recent debates over sprawl into a larger context of the evolving meaning of urban sprawl in everyday lives.
September 29, 2003, 10am PDT | Connie Chung
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"A review of the emerging literature of Smart Growth reveals both a lively internal discussion about sprawl’s causes, consequences, and remedies, and the beginnings of a countermovement defending the status quo as more closely reflecting American needs and values....Several more recent books, reviewed for this article, form what might be called the second generation: books focused on Smart Growth solutions....At least as difficult as defining the sprawl problem in a satisfying way is defining the Smart Growth antidote....Democracy—consumer preference writ large—unfailingly reflects the popular will. Its self-correcting mechanism is reactive, nonlinear, and certainly imperfect, but it does provide some comfort that, if sprawl is as outmoded as many are coming to believe, sprawl will have to change."

Thanks to Connie Chung

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Published on Friday, September 26, 2003 in Harvard Design Magazine
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