Hear the recap: “Measuring Sprawl 2014” online discussion

Yesterday Smart Growth America released Measuring Sprawl 2014, a look at sprawl in the United States and what it means for Americans’ day-to-day lives.

To launch the new findings we hosted an online panel discussion with the report’s authors and local leaders from across the country. If you weren’t able to join yesterday’s event, the recorded version is now available.

Watch the archived webinar

Speaking on yesterday’s call were Alex Dodds, Deputy Director of Communications, Smart Growth America; Ilana Preuss, Vice President and Chief of Staff at Smart Growth America; Reid Ewing, Professor at the University of Utah and researcher at the Metropolitan Research Center; David Berrigan, Program Director at National Institutes of Health’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences; Elizabeth Tyler, Community Development Director of Urbana, IL; Bill Fruhling, Principal Planner for the city of Madison, WI; Mayor Ken Moore of Franklin, TN; and Ralph Schulz, President of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce.

Thank you to everyone who participated in yesterday’s call. The event provided great information for experts and newcomers alike about how better development decisions can help Americans live healthier, safer, more prosperous lives.

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    2 Responses to Hear the recap: “Measuring Sprawl 2014” online discussion

    1. Brandon says:

      The report used Metropolitan Divisions instead of Urban Areas or MSAs. This creates poor distinctions. For example Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn only covers Wayne county while the MSAs covers 6 counties. Oakland County which borders Detroit and is a very sprawling gets conveniently excluded from the results, while Livonia which is slightly farther from Detroit is included. This division lead to Warren a city bordering Detroit, in Macomb County being one of the most sprawling while Detroit is among the most compact. A report from Brooking not too long ago ranked Metro-Detroit as having the highest amount of Job Sprawl.

      • Brandon says:

        seriously Detroit being among the most compact? I checked the date to see if this was an April fools joke.

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