Town Planning Review

Decomposing urban sprawl

Town Planning Review (2001), 72, (3), 275–298.

Abstract

Urban sprawl has become the catch phrase for everything that is bad about urban growth today—congestion, blight, monotony, endless development, and ecological destruction. Beneath the hoopla, however, is a serious debate about how to manage urban growth effectively. This paper provides a framework for decomposing sprawl into its component parts. The paper’s objective is to distinguish those aspects associated with sprawl that are truly bad from those that are not. It identifies fourteen outcomes that are associated with or blamed on sprawl, and then discusses which ones are truly deleterious and which ones are not. The paper concludes that sprawl is a complex, multi-faceted problem requiring multi-faceted solutions.

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PeiSer, Richard