"A mix of art and science, Sprawl Costs carefully spells out the implications of two futures—sprawl-as-usual vs. compact growth—and the results are sobering. The authors provide convincing evidence that governments, businesses and families can save money and avoid headaches if our leaders pursue smarter growth strategies."
(Don Chen Executive Director of Smart Growth America
"In a dozen concise and readable chapters, they discuss sprawl's definition and measurement; its effects on natural resources, infrastructure, real estate, fiscal soundness, travel, quality of life, and urbanity; its benefits; and the appropriate policies to deal with it."
About the Author
Robert Burchell is distinguished professor and co-director of the Center for Urban Policy Research at Rutgers University.
Anthony Downs is senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.
Barbara McCann is a former CNN journalist who has written extensively about transportation and land use policy issues for Smart Growth America and other organizations.
Sahan Mukherji is a research associate at the Center for Urban Policy Research.