The Politics Of Sprawl

Sprawl isn't simply the result of market forces, argues Joel Hirschhorn, but the result of a determined "sprawl lobby."
November 20, 2003, 8am PST | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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"There are a large number of conservative and libertarian groups supporting the sprawl industry with ridiculous rhetoric, including the lie that we have so much land that continued sprawl is just fine. Nonsense. Land shortages are cropping up where people prefer to live. Sprawl apologists assert that they are seemingly protecting the property rights of Americans. This too is nonsense. They are protecting the business sectors that profit from sprawl, not ordinary Americans who are not large land owners and who simply want a healthier lifestyle which requires a built environment that is designed for people, not cars and not business interests."

Thanks to Michael Dudley

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Published on Wednesday, November 19, 2003 in Common Dreams
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