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On defining "Sprawl"

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 04:24 AM
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by Michael Lewyn last modified May 18, 2011

Last week, I was busy trying to turn my paper on sprawl in Canada (available at into a speech.   In my paper, I define sprawl in two ways: where we grow (measured by growth or decline of central cities, controlling for municipal annexations) and how we grow (measured by modal shares for cars and transit).  As I was proofing, I asked myself: why these particular measurements?  What presuppositions underlie defining sprawl based on, say, modal share as opposed to the growth of a urban area's land mass? read more






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