Sprawl By The Numbers

Philadelphia looks at which of its census tracts have doubled in population in 10 years, and find some interesting trends.

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September 10, 2001, 5:00 AM PDT

By Chris Steins @urbaninsight

Single-family houses and multi-family units have sprouted, bringing a crop of mostly young families with children whose arrival has posed a challenge to these areas. Students must be taught, traffic managed, recreation provided and open space saved, all at the same time. "There are three things that attract growth," says Aaron Klibaner, senior planner for Montgomery County. "A major highway, sewer and water service." ... "The next hot spot is wherever a developer can purchase a tract of land," ... "As we look toward 2010, the population growth appears to be inexorable, with people trying to find their own little green spot in the country."

Thanks to Tom Collins

Tuesday, September 4, 2001 in The Philadelphia Inquirer

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