Modeling the Explosive Growth of the Southern Megalopolis

A new study, "The Southern Megalopolis: Using the Past to Predict the Future of Urban Sprawl in the Southeast U.S." predicts urban sprawl and warns of its possible consequences over the next 50 years.
July 28, 2014, 1pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Laura Bliss shares details of a new study that predicts expansive growth of urban areas in the South: "Basing their model on past growth patterns and locations of existing road networks, researchers at North Carolina State University projected the region’s [urban footprint] to grow 101 percent to 192 percent."

As for the policy and land use implications of the region's growth, Bliss adds this call to action: "The South's explosive population growth over the past 60 years can only be expected to continue....And more likely than not, so will its typical development pattern of sprawling, automobile-dependent suburbs. Planners and city leaders should start acting now to managing infrastructure and natural resources in the area."

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Published on Friday, July 25, 2014 in CityLab
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