Sprawl

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America's Most Sprawling Cities Are Also the Most Republican

Meanwhile, Blue America is centered in denser, more compact metros and cities.

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A Ranking of the Most Sprawling U.S. Metro Areas, and Why You Should Care

Sprawl correlates with higher rates of obesity, traffic fatalities, ozone pollution, and lack of social capital.

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Like It or Not, Most Urban Freeways Are Here to Stay

The challenge is to design ways to soften the effects of these necessary evils.

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The Future of Urban Freeways Is Playing Out Right Now in Syracuse

As I-81 nears the end of its functional life, a city struggles to decide the best way forward.

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A Very Brief History of Why Americans Hate Their Commutes

From horse-drawn carriages to the resurgence of downtowns.

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9 Reasons the U.S. Ended Up So Much More Car-Dependent Than Europe

Understanding mistakes of the past can help guide U.S. transportation policy in the future.

Defining the Worst Type of Street Design

Part street, part road, 'stroads' are unsafe, ugly, and bad for local economies.

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The Evolution of Driving in America

How cars slowly took over our lives, and our transportation options.

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Have We Reached Peak Sprawl?

What Atlanta's shifting real estate landscape might mean for the future of the country.

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How Density Makes Us Safer During Natural Disasters

After Hurricane Sandy, tight neighborhoods and centralized infrastructure recovered more quickly than spread-out areas.

The Nefarious Ways Sprawl Begets Sprawl

Loudoun County was once one of the most beautiful in Virginia. Now it's just a massively sprawling suburb.

Sprawl Is Still Sprawl, Even If It's 'Green'

The most sustainable development in the wrong location will create more environmental problems than it will solve.

The Secret to D.C.'s Stunning Population Growth? Old People

Lessons on preserving the urban core from the nation's capital.

A New Court Ruling Could Have Big Implications in the Fight Against Sprawl

A judge rules that Wisconsin can't enlarge a major freeway without studying the project's impact on sprawl and public transit users.

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Could Istanbul's Protesters Halt Turkey's Controversial Canal Project?

Officials say the canal will fuel the country's economy. But opponents worry it will add to runaway sprawl and rampant water pollution.

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Why We Shouldn't Rely on Smart Growth Incentives to Fix Sprawl

When it comes to development, local desires often render state smart growth incentives insufficient.

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Quantifying the Cost of Sprawl

In infrastructure, service delivery and tax receipts.

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Is Your City Getting in the Way of Your Social Life?

Measuring the "social interaction potential" of place.

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The Surprising Places Where Sprawl Is Still the Building Pattern of Choice

It's not the spread-out icons of Phoenix and Las Vegas, but rather pockets of the South Atlantic, Texas and the Pacific Northwest.