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Should cities prevent urban sprawl by developing denser communities closer to the city core?

  • Yes, they should.

    Urban sprawl should be prevented in the structuring of cities. We have to start building more densely and much more tall. For people like me, who love our breathing room, this looks bleak. But in order to preserve our world. it has become a necessity and not an option, really.

  • Closer Urban Cores

    Over the last few decades more people have moved into cities and I think there are a lot of benefits to doing this. When people live in closer quarters they are bound to find jobs closer-by and they are also more likely to be able to take advantage of public transit. I think cities should encourage growth in city cores where people can live, sometimes on smaller budgets. Urban sprawl creates a lot of problems and has certainly kept us addicted to oil. We shouldn't eliminate urban sprawl, but we should find ways to counteract the problems it creates.

  • That is the current best practice, actually.

    Yes. And if you'll look at many cities in the United States, this is the current trend. After decades of promoting unsustainable development of suburbs, we now realize the error of our ways. Downtowns are being reborn and revitalized in major cities. Here in Los Angeles, people actually live in downton now.

  • Denser communities at the city core is not an effective strategy.

    Denser city cores will only create more places for the poor to stay. No one chooses to stay in a smaller apartment. They do so because it is the cheapest option. They don't need to pay for gas or even a car, the rent is typically cheaper, and energy costs are reduced. There is no stopping the expansion of the metropolis without addressing population issues. The best way to deal with an increasing population is build new areas of commerce, and industry. Make these new cities satellites of an existing city. Las Vegas and Reno are not a horrible example

  • Cities should not prevent urban sprawl by developing denser communities closer to the city core.

    Cities should not prevent urban sprawl by developing denser communities closer to the city core. Most people do not want to live right in the middle of the city where it is always busy and hectic and want to be able to spread out among the community and should be able to.


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