Latest Urban sprawl Stories

2006-04-25 13:57:37

By Wojtek Dabrowski TORONTO (Reuters) - Jane Jacobs, the social activist and renowned urban development critic, died Tuesday at age 89. Jacobs, an American-born Canadian, is best known for her book "The Death and Life of Great American Cities," which, since its publication in 1961, has become a standard text on urban issues. Jacobs, who was born in Scranton, Pa., advocated density and mixed use in communities, staunchly opposed large highways and warned of urban sprawl. She moved...

2006-01-26 08:20:00

By Alan Elsner WASHINGTON -- Across the United States, an unprecedented acceleration in suburban sprawl is prompting concerns about the environment, traffic, health and damage to rural communities, but opponents appear powerless to stop the process because of the economic development and profits it generates. Sprawl, defined as the unplanned, uncontrolled expansion of urban areas beyond their fringes, has greatly accelerated over the past 25 years, spurred by low mortgage interest rates and...

2005-09-09 18:46:54

CORVALLIS - Is suburban life making people overweight? Or could it be that overweight people tend to choose the suburban life? In a study recently published in the Journal of Regional Science, researchers from Oregon State University found that the relationship between obesity and urban sprawl may be a two-way street. Economists Andrew Plantinga from OSU's Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Stephanie Bernell from OSU's Department of Public Health expanded previous studies...

2005-01-12 06:58:54

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Urban sprawl is gobbling up open spaces in fast-growing metropolitan areas so quickly that it could spell extinction for nearly 1,200 species of plants and animals, environmental groups say. The National Wildlife Federation, Smart Growth America and NatureServe projected that over the next 25 years, more than 22,000 acres of natural resources and habitat will be lost to development in 35 of the largest and most rapidly growing metropolitan areas. According to the groups,...

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