Saturday, November 29, 2008

Sprawl and Walkability

What do you think? Do you agree that the new economy will encourage a new trend in transportation? Consider this:

Sprawl Puts Americans In "Double Bind" of Long Commutes, Home Value Losses

The current global financial crisis stems in no small measure from the American phenomenon "of sending people ever farther into the countryside to find houses that they (barely) qualified to purchase," with such buyers now finding themselves "in a double bind" of punishingly long and costly commutes and home value losses, writes Smart Growth America and Transportation for America Communication Director David Goldberg on the Seattle-based WorldChanging international media network's web page, quoting Australia's Curtin University Professor Peter Newman, who told The Sydney Morning Herald that "(t)he old economy of car dependence is over; with rising oil prices and climate change, people cannot afford to live in outer suburbs and drive to work."

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