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Urban Sprawl: Issues and Alternatives

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{Nature_and_Environment.12.56}: Richard Witty {gisland} Thu, 21 Jul 2005 22:09:04 CDT (21 lines)

With isolated jurisdictions (New York separate from Yonkers,
Eastchester, Scarsdale, Massapequa, Bergen County) governance of the
region is impossible regardless of the intent of the residents.

With integrated jurisdictions, it is possible to address regional
problems within an environment of due process and law.

It still requires an ethic of live and let live though, nearly
everywhere, to make happen.

Sprawl is different from that.

Portland integrates libraries, transportation, some revenue-sharing,
some regional environmental regulation, and even across state lines.

It has a long way to go, and I expect that the will is flagging. I
lived in Portland for five years in the early 80's, and there was
much pressure for sprawl, and much cultural conflict between those
that regarded their own effect on others as incidental as "their
property right", and those that regarded their effects on others as
considerable.

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