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Urban Sprawl: Issues and Alternatives

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{Nature_and_Environment.12.6}: {jonathan68} Fri, 05 Mar 2004 08:50:09 CST (20 lines)
{name removed by kai Tue, 14 Sep 2004 10:28:10 CDT}

Here in the UK there's a school of thought that says new housing
can actually be a blessing for wildlife.

Intensively cultivated farmland, which is what covers most of
lowland Britain, is becoming increasingly hostile to wildlife, a
hostility that's likely only to be intensified by the use of GM crops.
Domestic gardens - so the argument goes - are becoming
crucial refuges for increasingly scarce butterflies, bees, reptiles,
wildflowers, birds and so on. Remarkably long species lists
have been drawn up for some gardens.

Saying wildlife-friendly gardens can be better than power-farmed
fields is not to deny other effects of sprawl.

These are likely to include the impact of new roads; increased
flood risk; increased demand for water, which is at its most
scarce in Britain just where building pressures are greatest; the
destruction of traditional town centres; and the loss of
architectural diversity with one new housing development
becoming indistinguishable from another 100 miles away.

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