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Thursday, January 19, 2006

 

The Eternally Sprawling City

Virginia Postrel:
"Most of the problems people attribute to L.A.'s sprawl--notably traffic and long travel times--are actually caused by its density. The same is true in New York, however defined. Forget driving to New Jersey or Connecticut. It can take 45 minutes to travel the roughly five miles from the Upper West Side to Greenwich Village, even if you take the subway. When you pack a lot of people close together, the place tends to get crowded. That's great for culture and commerce, but it ratchets up social stress and makes getting places harder."
What do you think? If people spread themselves out across the landscape, do the highways end up more congested or less congested?"

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