The gist of it: Ugly devel­op­ments, bad build­ings, historic tear­downs, loss of com­muities

Fight­ing Sprawl and Restor­ing Com­mu­ni­ty in Amer­i­ca.”
An Address Pre­sent­ed at San Joaquin Val­ley Town Hall Fres­no, Cal­i­for­nia Novem­ber 20, 1996 by Richard Moe, Pres­i­dent, Nation­al Trust for Historic Preser­va­tion

Sier­ra Club’s 1998 report

People and Organizations

Kun­stler ([amazonify]0671888250::text::::The Geog­ra­phy of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of Amer­i­ca’s Man-Made Land­scape[/amazonify]

Andres Duany, Eliz­a­beth Plater-Zyberk and Jeff Speck authored [amazonify]0865476063::text::::Sub­ur­ban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the Amer­i­can Dream[/amazonify]

Al Nor­man’s Sprawl busters

Scenic Amer­i­ca — most­ly about reud­c­ing or remov­ing bill­boards

Smart Growth

Cen­ter for Liv­able Com­mu­ni­ties

Prop­er­ty Rights Research


Groups and Organizations

Inten­tion­al Com­mu­ni­ties

Insti­tute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR)

Sus­tain­able Com­mu­ni­ties Net­work

Co-ops like Mead­o­dance

Regional Demographics

Find your own “Best Place

Clar­i­tas appears to have the best: “You Are Where You Live” (enter a ZIP code, get the demo­graph­ics; results giv­en in cartoons & cap­tions describ­ing the type of peo­ple who live there …)

Sim­i­lar top­ics: geolo­ca­tion

Paul Krug­man’s essay, “Some Chaot­ic Thoughts on Region­al Dynam­ics” [google]

Sprawl in Rural Areas

Church­es’ land fight up for vote; Sims seeks to lim­it rur­al-area sprawl,” Seat­tle Times (Feb 2001)


Boudewi­jn Wegerif’s What Mat­ters

Malthusianism and “Green”

Some crit­ics of “sprawl” are actu­al­ly crit­ics of “growth,” as well as (in some cas­es) tech­nol­o­gy, indus­tri­al­iza­tion, civ­i­liza­tion, and even Mankind itself

How Many Amer­i­cans can the Earth Sup­port?

Zero Waste Amer­i­ca

Car Free

First published on February 4th, 2009 at 12:52 pm (EST) and last modified on February 13th, 2009 at 1:59 pm (EST).

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