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urban sprawl sucks

Updated on August 4, 2011

Suburban sprawl does suck!

  • Phoenix
  • Atlanta
  • Denver
  • Dallas
  • Houston

The cities mentioned are very suburban sprawlish. Are their crime rates low? If you've studied crime for cities across America, you'd know that's not the case.

This is my response to the arguments for suburban sprawl:

Crime rates have to do with class more than anything else. A lot of people might say that high density housing increases the crime rate, but there is not a strong correlation.

Dallas and Houston (for example) have a lot of pollution, and they're suburban sprawly places. Whether a population of 1 million people are in suburban neighborhoods or urban neighborhoods, its the same amount of pollution overall. If anything its a little bit more pollution if the population is more spread out (more suburban) because urban communities have better transit systems which leave less of a carbon footprint.

Pollution can be combated more easily by reducing overall population, as well as certain alternative energy uses. Making more low density housing will not do the trick!

Suburban poverty has grown 25% which means you can more easily find bad schools in the suburbs these days.

So basically, arguments for suburban sprawl are fake as far as I'm concerned. If you don't think so, tell me otherwise. I'm open to different viewpoints.

If you plan on moving to any of the cities / areas list at the beginning of this hub, I recommend moving to the core of the city or at least a first ring suburb. You can do your part to reduce urban sprawl the next time you move! I know I'll be doing something like that the next time I make a move.

Wouldn't it be nice to not see many houses on your road trips? Because of urban sprawl, people are spreading around too much and long stretches of country will gradually cease to be. (sad but probably true) To me, this justifies a lot more high density housing.

More cities in America should be live Manhatten and San Francisco. I invite you to refute this article if you disagree with it.

Note: I sort of used the terms urban sprawl and suburban sprawl interchangibly. Sprawl is sprawl.


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