“Urban sprawl” has become a top issue nationwide, trumping such mainstays as education and crime in many polls and contributing to the election of anti-sprawl politicians. Yet Americans continue to cite detached, single-family homes on ample lots as their ideal. Can these trends be reconciled?
Yes, but not without dispelling some common misconceptions about sprawl. A Guide to Smart Growth: Shattering Myths, Providing Solutions examines sprawl in detail, explaining which solutions work, which ones don’t, and why.