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Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Another problem with sprawl
There is some new research into urban sprawl, boing boing reports. (Shouldn't it be called suburban sprawl? Always wondered that: the whole problem is that urban density doesn't hold up during growth, resulting in land area too large for the population. Anyway.)
What the research tried to determine, according to Science News, is whether sprawl makes you fat, basically. You never walk when the car is needed just to get milk. Picture L.A. and you see the problem. How far away is your mailbox?
One set of researchers decided there wasn't enough evidence, but others aren't so sure:
In 2004, [Deborah] Cohen and Roland Sturm of RAND asked more than 8,000 residents of 38 U.S. communities to list their health problems. The researchers also assessed the degree of sprawl in each resident's community.
Does vanity argue for moving to Manhattan?