Sprawl Books Reviewed

The Wall Street Journal reviews Hayden's "A Field Guide to Sprawl" and Gutfreund's "Twentieth-Century Sprawl."
July 19, 2004, 9am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"Introducing her illustrated glossary, Ms. Hayden writes that 'naming is essential to defining problems.' But we name what we like, too. How can one not embrace the energy of the Boomburb, 'a rapidly growing, urban-sized place in the suburbs,' also called a Zoomburb in the South?

"...Mr. Gutfreund's three case studies -- Denver, Smyrna, Tenn., and Middlebury, Vt. -- show how government policies, rather than individual preferences, drove development patterns in sprawling directions. A key problem: the underpricing of automobile use. As roads clogged, the government response, reflecting Good Roads rhetoric, was to build more roads without doing anything about the disparity between the true costs of automobility and the charges passed on to motorists.

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Published on Tuesday, October 25, 2005 in Wall St. Journal
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