Sprawl Is Not The Answer

In yesterday’s post, I listed ten reasons to take the free Atlanta BeltLine tour. Reason number eight, ladies and gentlemen:

Sprawl is not the answer.

So today, I was browsing through my free Atlanta Journal-Constitution (word on the street is that they actually charge you if you pick up the “paper” version), and I came across a fantastic piece from Jay Bookman, entitled: The Phenomenon of Sprawl Has Passed Into History. Hmmm.

I didn’t read Bookman’s piece so much as an indictment of all suburbs- clearly, there are many areas outside of The Perimeter with strong real estate markets. The article is more of a matter-of-fact analysis of boom, bust, demographic trends and economic reality. Straight from the source:

Today, if you fly over or drive around the outer suburbs of metro Atlanta, you’ll find tens of thousands of vacant lots, cleared and ready for houses. Many of those empty lots — some complete with paved roads, sewer, water and utilities — will never see development and are destined to be reclaimed by nature, reverting to pasture or forest.

It’s really an excellent read, and I encourage you to take a few minutes to read it.


  1. While I with this were true, my gut tells me that we'll still see a lot of suburban style greenfield development once the economy picks back up. I think intown real estate markets are much better positioned for the next 50 years, but I have a feeling we'll still see our fair share of sprawl.

  2. I definitely agree- the suburb isn't going anywhere. Perhaps it's the growth of the exurb that we'll see disappear for the next few decades. Had the opportunity to see the guys from SmartNumbers (http://smartnumbers.com/) at a Great Atlanta Homebuilders lunch this week, and they referred to this area of Atlanta as "the ring of death" due to the enormous lot inventory/lack of sales. Interesting article below on the phenomenon…



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