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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.

Posted by Jon at 10:41 am on November 20, 2009 : 2 comments

Labels : News and Analysis, Urban Planning


2 Responses to “Sprawl Is Not The Answer”

  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.

    — posted by B King on November 20, 2009 at 2:14 pm [link]

  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 ( 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…

    — posted by Jon on November 20, 2009 at 4:03 pm [link]

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