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Old 01-08-2012, 01:41 PM
 
Location: a swanky suburb in my fancy pants
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Some of you seem to be confused about what sprawl is. Even if it is low density and covers a huge area so that literally it appears to "Sprawl" over the landscape, as long as it doesn't contain blocks of undeveloped land within it's mass, it isn't sprawl by the urban planning definition.

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Old 01-08-2012, 01:43 PM
 
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Some of you seem to be confused about what sprawl is. Even if it is low density and covers a huge area so that literally it appears to "Sprawl" over the landscape, as long as it doesn't contain blocks of undeveloped land within it's mass, it isn't sprawl by the urban planning definition.
So sprawling has nothing to do with sprawl? Yeah, that makes sense.
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Old 01-08-2012, 01:44 PM
 
Location: South St Louis
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When I think of metros that aren't very sprawly, these are some that come to my mind:
Memphis, Wichita, Omaha, Quad Cities, Columbus, Spokane, Bakersfield, Fresno, Tucson, Albuquerque, Corpus Christi, Laredo, El Paso, and Waco.
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Old 01-08-2012, 01:46 PM
 
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When I think of metros that aren't very sprawly, these are some that come to my mind:
Memphis, Wichita, Omaha, Quad Cities, Columbus, Spokane, Bakersfield, Fresno, Tucson, Albuquerque, Corpus Christi, Laredo, El Paso, and Waco.
Well yeah when you're tiny it's hard to sprawl very much. The original poster specified "of a decent size".
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Old 01-08-2012, 01:48 PM
 
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Well Providence RI was listed as the "Least Spralled Metro" Clocking in at ~1,400 sq Miles and 1.6 Million people.
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Old 01-08-2012, 01:49 PM
 
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Well yeah when you're tiny it's hard to sprawl very much. The original poster specified "of a decent size".
Someone rep'd this comment just to criticize it. How strange.
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Old 01-08-2012, 01:55 PM
 
Location: BMORE!
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Baltimore sprawls the least.
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Old 01-08-2012, 01:56 PM
 
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I don't know, I can see the plus side. I live in Chicago and it would be nice if we had a few more patches of "nature" in town.
You will eventually. Have you not heard of this enormous project?

http://www2.illinois.gov/gov/millennium-reserve
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Old 01-08-2012, 02:01 PM
 
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You will eventually. Have you not heard of this enormous project?

Millennium Reserve : Calumet Core Initiative
I had not. Pretty cool.
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Old 01-08-2012, 02:06 PM
 
Location: a swanky suburb in my fancy pants
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So sprawling has nothing to do with sprawl? Yeah, that makes sense.
I know but it's true. Go figure. That's why there is so much confusion. Folks who don't know the definition tend to take it literally and then call a place like Phoenix urban sprawl when really it doesn't meet the criteria at all. The northeast cities are really the best examples of sprawl as well as Washington/Baltimore and Atlanta.
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