28 Dec '13, 12am

The answer to congestion is not to build roads and encourage sprawl. It's to get people out of their cars

The answer to congestion is not to build roads and encourage sprawl. It's to get people out of their cars

There is pretty much a consensus that sprawl is not a good thing for the people who live in it, the communities and governments that have to provide services to it, those concerned about climate and the CO2 emitted by the people driving to it. Then along comes Brian Lee Crowley of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, an "independent non-partisan public policy think tank." He thinks sprawl is wonderful because it spreads everyone out and gives them so many more roads to drive on. He writes in the Globe and Mail: How easy it is to assume that travel times must be shorter where cities are dense and people therefore have shorter distances to travel to work. What the real world shows us, though, is that when urban population density is lower, and jobs widely dispersed rather than concentrated in a city centre, commuter traffic is more widely scattered on the road network, lowering ...

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