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Old 01-08-2012, 09:50 AM
 
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Which is the least sprawly metro of a decent size in the country? By this I basically mean the place where there is less sprawly development between city and farmland/woodland.
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Old 01-08-2012, 10:15 AM
 
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Which is the least sprawly metro of a decent size in the country? By this I basically mean the place where there is less sprawly development between city and farmland/woodland.
I believe the Portland OR metro is governed by some kind of legislation that prevents sprawl by limiting development to a certain area. I don't know the details except that Vancouver WA is not included.

Otherwise I would say that Las Vegas should be high on your list. Development there goes to the edge of the city and then stops quite abruptly. Probably the water supply has something to do with it. Another city is New Orleans, simply because dry land is so scarce in the area. Sprawl there is minimal.
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Old 01-08-2012, 11:27 AM
 
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Seems like it's not that bad in Seattle. Lots of natural barriers.
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Old 01-08-2012, 11:30 AM
 
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Which is the least sprawly metro of a decent size in the country? By this I basically mean the place where there is less sprawly development between city and farmland/woodland.
Phoenix.
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Old 01-08-2012, 11:38 AM
 
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Phoenix.
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Old 01-08-2012, 11:40 AM
 
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lol
I'm serious.

Phoenix,AZ - Google Maps
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Old 01-08-2012, 11:42 AM
 
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The 14th largest metro, Phoenix, has a greater land area than the 5th largest metro, Philadelphia. So NO.
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Old 01-08-2012, 11:48 AM
 
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The 14th largest metro, Phoenix, has a greater land area than the 5th largest metro, Philadelphia. So NO.
Nevermind, I was wrong.

"The Census Bureau defines a metropolitan area as the core city plus its county and any nearby counties that are economically dependent on the core city. However, Arizona has relatively large counties and a harsh, rugged desert landscape. For these reasons, much of the land that is part of the Metropolitan Statistical Area is rural or completely uninhabited. The core part of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area is the Phoenix-Mesa, Arizona Urban Area, which is far smaller than the Metropolitan Statistical Area."
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Old 01-08-2012, 11:59 AM
 
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I agree that Phoenix has less sprawl then most cities, again probably because of the water supply. While most development is single family houses the lots are small and empty space between developments is minimal. At the edge development stops abruptly and wilderness begins.
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Old 01-08-2012, 12:07 PM
 
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Nevermind, I was wrong.

"The Census Bureau defines a metropolitan area as the core city plus its county and any nearby counties that are economically dependent on the core city. However, Arizona has relatively large counties and a harsh, rugged desert landscape. For these reasons, much of the land that is part of the Metropolitan Statistical Area is rural or completely uninhabited. The core part of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area is the Phoenix-Mesa, Arizona Urban Area, which is far smaller than the Metropolitan Statistical Area."
even though the development isn't stretched to cover the vast land areas of the metro, the development style is still a high percentage of single family homes though.

the developed areas may be smaller, but the development style is still sprawly

Phoenix 515 sq miles at 3000ppsm
Mesa 135 sq miles at 3500 ppsm
Gilbert 75 sq miles at 2800 ppsm
Tempe 40 sq miles at 4000 ppsm
Scotsdale 135 sq miles at 1300 ppsm

the development is just as sprawly as the rest of the sunbelt
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