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Weighing sprawl factors in large U.S. cities a report on the nearly equal roles played by population growth and land use choices in the loss of farmland and natural habitat to urbanization by Leon J. Kolankiewicz

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Published by NumbersUSA in Arlington, VA .
Written in English


  • Urbanization -- United States,
  • Environmental degradation -- United States,
  • Urban ecology -- United States,
  • Cities and towns -- United States -- Growth

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Edition Notes

Other titlesAS Environmental Center Collection., Associated Students Collections.
Statementby Leon Kolankiewicz and Roy Beck.
ContributionsBeck, Roy.
The Physical Object
Pagination63 p. :
Number of Pages63
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL13638707M

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Reading one particularly harsh attack by a Sierra Club official on "Weighing Sprawl Factors in Large U.S Cities" brings to mind just this Texas fallacy, because the critic objects strongly that authors Kolankiewicz and Beck have systematically, sharply, even dishonestly, overstated the role of population growth in driving sprawl.   This is quantified in a recent analysis by environmental/resource planner Leon Kolankiewicz and public policy analyst Roy Beck titled "Weighing Sprawl Factors in Large U.S. Cities. In Don't Call It Sprawl, the current policy debate over urban sprawl is put into a broader analytical and historical context. The book informs people about the causes and implications of the changing metropolitan structure rather than trying to persuade them to adopt a panacea to all perceived by: And economics are the whole reason cities exist in the first place argues Marshall, "cities exist because they create wealth." Marshall spends a good portion of the book criticizing "New Urbanism" which basically embraces suburban sprawl and artificial communities like Celebration, by:

[2] Weighing Sprawl Factors in Large U.S. Cities, by Leon Kolankiewicz & Roy Beck, [published by ,] reports on research showing how over a year period in our largest Urbanized Areas, population growth is responsible for about 50% of the usurpation of surrounding land. The other 50% is due to land-use and consumption choices that lead to an increase in the average . Some claim that sprawl has helped reduce a "consumption gap" among races, while others simply contend that compact development is not the cure for traffic woes. What's clear is that sprawl is happening in cities and regions across the U.S., encouraged by factors like poor planning, zoning laws and Americans' dependence on cars [sources: Gilroy. Urban sprawl, also called sprawl or suburban sprawl, the rapid expansion of the geographic extent of cities and towns, often characterized by low-density residential housing, single-use zoning, and increased reliance on the private automobile for transportation. Urban sprawl is caused in part by the need to accommodate a rising urban population; however, in many metropolitan areas it results. According to U.S. Bureau of the Census data, population growth is associated with about 45% of the sprawl. (Based on a NumbersUSA study, "Weighing Sprawl Factors in Large U.S. Cities.") Most people would agree that population growth poses a significant threat to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

The worst U.S. cities on the index are marked by poor planning, high crime levels, and persistent poverty and inequality. The data finds that, across the cities, 33 million people are. Weighing sprawl factors in large U.S. cities—a report on the nearly equal roles played by population growth and land use choices in the loss of farmland and natural habitat to : Anthony S. CLARK. The association between municipal fragmentation and suburban sprawl is examined, based on a cross-sectional analysis of all U.S. and Canadian metropolitan areas with more than , residents in Author: Stefan Siedentop.   Beck, Roy and Leon Kolankiewicz, "Weighing Sprawl Factors in Large U.S. Cities," NumbersUSA, March American Farmland Trust, "Farming on the Edge" "Southern Cities Rank High in Ozone Pollution," Associated Press, Ap Josef Hebert, "California Smoggiest," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Aug