30 Mar '15, 3pm

Suburban Sprawl Costs a Bundle #sustainable #urbanism

Suburban Sprawl Costs a Bundle #sustainable #urbanism

Suburban sprawl means less farmland and reduced agricultural productivity, dirtier air and water, and more traffic congestion, a new study says, and it all adds up to increased costs of about $1 trillion a year in the U.S. The study by The New Climate Economy is an attempt to quantify the economic costs of sprawl ("dispersed, automobile-oriented, urban-fringe development") while pointing out the benefits of compact, mixed-use building ("smart growth"). "Sprawl provides various benefits, but these are mostly direct benefits to sprawled community residents, while many costs are external, imposed on non-residents," the report says. "This analysis indicates that sprawl imposes more than $400 billion dollars in external costs and $625 billion in internal costs annually in the U.S., indicating that smart growth policies which encourage more efficient development can provide larg...

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