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The Ubiquity of Urban Sprawl

Leonard Gilroy
November 20, 2005, 9:44am

In his review of Robert Bruegmann's new book, "Sprawl: A Compact History," Slate's Witold Rybczynski points out that urban sprawl is not just an American phenomenon: Bruegmann's analysis is simple and profound in its implications. Following his logic, the anti-sprawl movement can be seen as swimming upstream and fighting a futile battle, and in the process their regulation-focused efforts ultimately harm the ability of families and individuals to own homes by rationing land and increasing housing costs. To really achieve their desired goals would require a fundamental rejection of the market economy and an embrace of massive social engineering. (Hat tip: Tory Gattis)

Leonard Gilroy is Director of Government Reform

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