Cogent thoughts by Andres Duany and Jeff Speck, city planners and co-authors of "The Smart Growth Manual" (2010) as well as "Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream" (2000), just re-released on its 10th anniversary.
The issue is not new for urban planners. We have been talking about it for 30 years, first as an aesthetic problem and then as a social concern: children and the elderly lacking independence, overburdened soccer moms and dads, massive income-based segregation and all that time wasted in traffic.
But the debate has changed now that sprawl has been identified as a contributor to some major challenges to our well-being: oil dependency, climate change and skyrocketing health-care costs. These crises have causes beyond sprawl, but sprawl may be the only one they all share.