Sprawl Costs Economic Impacts of Unchecked Development

ISBN-10: 1559635304
ISBN-13: 9781559635301
Edition: 3rd 2005
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Book details

List price: $28.00
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Island Press
Publication date: 6/29/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

The environmental impacts of sprawling development have been well documented, but few comprehensive studies have examined its economic costs. In 1996, a team of experts undertook a multi-year study designed to provide quantitative measures of the costs and benefits of different forms of growth. Sprawl Costs presents a concise and readable summary of the results of that study. The authors analyze the extent of sprawl, define an alternative, more compact form of growth, project the magnitude and location of future growth, and compare what the total costs of those two forms of growth would be if each was applied throughout the nation. They analyze the likely effects of continued sprawl, consider policy options, and discuss examples of how more compact growth would compare with sprawl in particular regions. Finally, they evaluate whether compact growth is likely to produce the benefits claimed by its advocates. The book represents a comprehensive and objective analysis of the costs and benefits of different approaches to growth, and gives decision-makers and others concerned with planning and land use realistic and useful data on the implications of various options and policies.

Introduction
Sprawl and Its Definition
Measuring Sprawl in the United States
Land and Natural Resource Consequences of Sprawl
Infrastructure Consequences
Real Estate Development Costs
Fiscal Impact of Development
Travel and Congestion
Quality-of-Life Consequences
Sprawl, Urban Decline, and Social Policy
The Benefits of Sprawl
Developing Policies in Response to Sprawl
States Ranked by Sprawl Index
Counties Ranked by Sprawl Index
Notes
References

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