More on Sprawl

Posted by: Peter Coy on October 16, 2006

Last May I blogged on a new index of urban sprawl that said Pittsburgh, of all places, was the most sprawling. Discover Magazine picked up on the research in its September issue. Here’s a press release about the Discover article, which includes this photo of San Francisco. sanfrancisco200.jpg
I point out the Discover story because the focus is a little different—it says that America is more built up than 30 years ago but no less densely built. In other words, green areas are being eaten up by genuine growth, not just sprawl. Also, Discover has much better illustrations than the Quarterly Journal of Economics had.

Reader Comments

george

October 24, 2006 8:30 PM

with that same data set you could also conclude that sprawl has been consistant from the 70's till the present. its such a small data set, starting well after the suburbanization trend began. hardly comforting. the headline could just have easily read: Building Cities Poorly for 30 Years Straight.

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