Sprawl, Smart Growth and Economic Opportunity

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Sprawl, Smart Growth and Economic Opportunity

May 31, 2002


The objective of the paper is to determine empirically whether high levels of urban sprawl are associated with high levels of social inequity. The starting hypothesis is that high levels of sprawl are associated with low levels of social equity; that is, as sprawl increases, social equity declines. The paper examines 34 of the nation's 50 largest metropolitan areas. These areas were selected because data were readily available to match the measure of sprawl to the social equity measures used in this paper.

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