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Quality of Sprawl

13 Jan

The tragic irony is that sprawl is created by people seeking a better quality of life. We seek the vibrancy of the city and the space of the village, and in doing so we are destroying both.

Paul James defending the position that restricting the growth of cities will improve quality of life in a lively on-line debate.

The debate is not about what a sustainable city is but how to get there. The opposition, Chetan Vaidya, advocates urban governance, especially better integration between transit and land use planning.

However sustainable infill and development is accomplished, the key factor is recognizing the finite resource of land, especially undeveloped land, and valuing, managing and preserving it accordingly.

via the Economist

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