Sprawl Costs

Blog post
February 21, 2017, 5am PST
Many households spend more than they can afford on housing and transportation, but the latest International Housing Affordability Survey is wrong to recommend sprawl as the best solution. Real solutions must reduce both housing and transport costs.
Todd Litman
Blog post
January 6, 2017, 10am PST
A new study uses night sky satellite images to measure urban development patterns in India. The results can help guide smarter growth.
Todd Litman
April 7, 2015, 6am PDT
Analysis of incremental tax revenues and public service costs of various development patterns in Madison, Wisconsin indicates significant economic savings from more compact land use. Modest increases in density can provide large fiscal benefits.
The Fiscal Implications of Development Patterns
March 19, 2015, 2pm PDT
A major new study estimates that sprawl costs the U.S. economy more than a trillion dollars annually, and results, in part, from planning and market distortions. Smart policy reforms can result in more efficient and equitable development.
New Climate Economy
Blog post
July 14, 2014, 5am PDT
New research can help planners understand how specific decisions will affect transport activity (how and how much people travel), and their ultimate economic, social, and environmental impacts.
Todd Litman