A new measure of sprawl in America

In 2001, Smart Growth America released the landmark study Measuring Sprawl and its Impact. On Wednesday, April 2, we’ll release the next edition of this flagship report with new information about the state of development in the United States.

Measuring Sprawl 2014 will look at development patterns in 221 metropolitan areas and their counties, and evaluate which communities are the least and most sprawling in the country. The report will score and rank these metropolitan areas based on their development, using a four-factor system developed by researchers at the University of Utah’s Metropolitan Research Center.

The report will also look at how development patterns are related to life in those communities, based on factors like economic mobility, life expectancy, household costs, health, safety and transportation options.

Join us for the launch of Measuring Sprawl 2014. Smart Growth America and the Metropolitan Research Center will hold an online event to detail the findings of the new report and to discuss growth strategies with communities highlighted in the new analysis. Join us for this free event on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 11:00 AM EDT.

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Finally, the report will highlight at several communities that have made public policy changes in support of better development, as well as ideas for communities everywhere interested in better development strategies.

Smart Growth America’s email subscribers will be the first to receive a copy of the new report. Add your name to get the first copy >>

Photo by Mark Strozier via Flickr.

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    2 Responses to A new measure of sprawl in America

    1. Mark Larma says:

      I’m so glad that this is gaining attention. As a resident of a suburb of Charlotte, the lack of planning has been something I have been vocal about for a long time. At the very least, it is ecologically irresponsible and is wasteful of not only land, but petroleum products. Oil is a major driver behind the practicality of the suburb to begin with…sigh.

    2. I Will Not Comply says:

      Censorship of opposing ideas doesn’t look good for you either.

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