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Defending Sprawl

Leonard Gilroy
October 2, 2005, 3:00pm

Following up on Adrian's recent post on sprawl, Boston Globe writer Anthony Flint had a piece yesterday on the virtues of sprawl: Read the whole thing. Flint packs a lot into a small space. His forthcoming book should be interesting. But this bit did catch my eye: This is a stretch. How often do we see smart growthers hammering on sprawl? (answer: all the time) And isn't the whole premise of urban growth boundaries, etc. to take away the ability to develop sprawl? Sounds like some spin to me. The market has decided, and the market overwhelmingly likes suburban development. If all smart growthers felt the way that Frece does, then we wouldn't have that much of a disagreement with them. Let's hope that the more moderate voices like Frece gain more influence in that movement than they've had in the past.

Leonard Gilroy is Director of Government Reform


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