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Sprawl by Robert Bruegmann
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Nov 19, 11

it was ok

There are a lot of problems with the book, but the one I keep coming back to is his insistence that overall, development in the past 20 years has been "dense," so what are we complaining about? He argues that sprawl is good, but wait- nowdays people are building giant houses on small lots, so sprawl is dense, too, so hooray! What he neglects to consider is the DESIGN of new shopping centers and residential neighborhoods. They are built to be virtually unaccessible unless you're driving a car. This is simply not acceptable for the young, the elderly, the disabled and people who would just like to walk once in a while. This is such a basic point, but he completely ignores it.

I guess I give this two stars because it's the only book written from the point of view that sprawl is good, but the argument is full of holes. So I count that as a victory in favor of smart planning.
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