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Is L.A. the Poster Child of Sprawl? Hardly.

Leonard Gilroy
October 23, 2005, 12:54pm

University of Illinois professor and author Robert Bruegmann had an interesting piece in the L.A. Times yesterday that debunks the myth that L.A. epitomizes urban sprawl. Here's a taste: Check out the whole thing. One particularly salient point he makes is that L.A. has densified dramatically since the rise of automobility last century, and that L.A.'s legendary traffic congestion has come about not because of sprawling low-density development, but rather because of increasing density combined with a lack of new capacity. He also takes a parting shot at sprawl critics: Well put.

Leonard Gilroy is Director of Government Reform


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