10 Things Wrong With Sprawl (In case you forgot)
I’ve been known to rant incoherently about what is wrong with sprawl. I thought this might be a little more beneficial since it is logical, well-written and concise, all things I’m usually not!
For some of you this may be the usual arguments you’ve heard before, but I think reminding us all what the basic pitfalls of urban sprawl are is worthwhile. And maybe it can help remind some people that you don’t really need a 3,000 sq ft, 2.5 bath, 5 bedroom house to be happy.
For a quick run-down, here are the big 10:
- Sprawl development contributes to a loss of support for public facilities and public amenities.
- Sprawl undermines effective maintenance of existing infrastructure.
- Sprawl increases societal costs for transportation.
- Sprawl consumes more resources than other development patterns.
- Sprawl separates urban poor people from jobs.
- Sprawl imposes a tax on time.
- Sprawl degrades water and air quality.
- Sprawl results in the permanent alteration or destruction of habitats.
- Sprawl creates difficulty in maintaining community.
- Sprawl offers the promise of choice while delivering more of the same.