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Old 03-14-2011, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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I like it but I bet people will show me on here why its so bad (and thats good I want to know) but I dont understand why everyone is against it.
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Old 03-14-2011, 09:00 PM
 
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Because it's wasteful and environmentally selfish, not to mention more costly.
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Old 03-14-2011, 09:01 PM
 
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Inefficient land use, leading to inaccessibility, waste of natural resources and wasted time due to long commutes and/or traffic congestion.
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Old 03-14-2011, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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I have no problem with sprawl.
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Old 03-14-2011, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Where Else...?
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I've been wondering this too. Especially since, in the not too distant past, people were flocking to surburban/sprawled out areas, away from the urban areas.

IMO, I think it's some kind of leverage used (on here) to bash certain cities....
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Old 03-14-2011, 09:59 PM
 
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I was recently in Vancouver, BC which is very densely built, more so than most US cities. It had a great atmosphere, tons of people out and about (despite the weather) and tons of things to do in a short area. It was never boring, everything was in walking distance and there was always something going on. This is what dense development creates: a vibrant, engaging community.

sprawl...well, it's all the same. it can be nice to live in, you have everything you need and plenty of space usually. but it lacks uniqueness or things to do and seems to create a more isolated culture where people don't get out in their community and choose to drive everywhere or go elsewhere for entertainment. People will drive to their jobs, drive home and sit in their home, and then maybe drive to a friends or restaurant or something. fine for them, they can do what they want, but it doesn't really add anything to the community as a whole.
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Old 03-14-2011, 10:05 PM
 
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I've been wondering this too. Especially since, in the not too distant past, people were flocking to surburban/sprawled out areas, away from the urban areas.

IMO, I think it's some kind of leverage used (on here) to bash certain cities....
Bingo!!!
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Old 03-14-2011, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Center City
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Because it's ugly, a waste and land and energy, discourages entrepreneurial start ups in favor corporate behemoths and ultimately leads to a vapid way of life.
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Old 03-14-2011, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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I was recently in Vancouver, BC which is very densely built, more so than most US cities. It had a great atmosphere, tons of people out and about (despite the weather) and tons of things to do in a short area. It was never boring, everything was in walking distance and there was always something going on. This is what dense development creates: a vibrant, engaging community.
Vancouver has it's sprawly suburbs, too. There's Surrey, Burnaby, White Rock and Langley. You could even include Blaine, Washington in Vancouver's sprawl, despite the border.

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sprawl...well, it's all the same. it can be nice to live in, you have everything you need and plenty of space usually. but it lacks uniqueness or things to do and seems to create a more isolated culture where people don't get out in their community and choose to drive everywhere or go elsewhere for entertainment. People will drive to their jobs, drive home and sit in their home, and then maybe drive to a friends or restaurant or something. fine for them, they can do what they want, but it doesn't really add anything to the community as a whole.
True. But you can say the same thing about urban areas. Personally, I think small towns offer the most unique lifestyle.
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Old 03-14-2011, 10:22 PM
 
Location: The Greatest city on Earth: City of Atlanta Proper
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Because it's ugly, a waste and land and energy, discourages entrepreneurial start ups in favor corporate behemoths and ultimately leads to a vapid way of life.
I'm with you on the first half, but the second half is not connected.

Just off the top of my head Google, Apple and Facebook all began operations in San Francisco's sprawl aka Silicon Valley. That's just a short list.

And, as city dweller, I can assure you there are plenty of vapid people in urban areas.
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