Here are some resources to help you learn more about the issues of suburban
sprawl, which are related to telecommuting and the dispersion of workplaces
In addition to these resources, you can download an article from TELECOMMUTING REVIEW and one titled "The Rise and Decline of the "Smart Growth" Crusade" from INNOVATION BRIEFS on the topic of sprawl, and you'll find a special section on suburban sprawl in our Amazon.com booklist.
- American Planning Association's Growing Smart (sm)
- "Critiquing's Sprawl's Critics" is the title of a January 2000
Cato Institute report
challenging positions taken by anti-sprawl advocates.
- The ECONOMIST published
an excellent six-part series on urban sprawl in the US. The series
is not available as a package of articles to download or purchase.
You can find the articles by going to the archive section of the
magazine's site and searching for "urban sprawl" in the date range
of June 1999 through September 1999. If you subscribe to the print
edition of the magazine you can access these articles for free;
otherwise, there is a charge to view and download them.
- Global Environment & Technology
- INTERSECT (published by the Washington D.C. Regional Network
for Livable Communities) contained the articles "The Debate Over
Telecommuting" and a response by Ed Risse of SYNERGY/Planning
titled "Telecommunications and Sprawl." Together, these articles
frame all sides of the telecommuting vs. smart growth vs. sprawl
issue very well. Though the articles are written about the Washington,
D.C. area the basic concepts apply anywhere. You can download
the full text of both articles here.
on Earth" May 28, 1999 radio show on Atlanta's anti-sprawl
on Earth" June 4, 1999 radio show on "road rage" and how
it is connected to traffic congestion and sprawl.
- The Local Government Commission bookstore
offers a number of books and other publications about sprawl,
community planning, and related topics.
- The National Association of Industrial and Office Properties
(NAIOP) site has a Smart Growth Resource section.
- National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals'
"Smart Growth Business Partnership" project
- The National Building
Museum in Washington, DC has sponsored three exhibits recently
on various aspects of land use planning and urban sprawl. The
scripts for the exhibits are available: "Reinvigorating
Cities: Smart Growth and Choices for Change", "Reimagining
the Suburbs: Smart Growth and Choices for Change", and "Where
Do We Go From Here? Smart Growth and Choices for Change".
- National Geographic Society looks at suburban sprawl and the
New Urbanism at its site
which includes a clever "tour" through a New Urbanism neighborhood
and many other resources.
- The National Governors' Association site includes a paper
titled "New Community Design to the Rescue," which explains "how
states and communities can encourage New Community Design - mixed-use,
mixed-income, walkable development that is distinctly different
from sprawl - by eliminating institutional barriers in the marketplace."
- "New Urban News" is a print newsletter dealing with developments
in "new urbanism" and smart growth. Details and subscription information
- NEW YORK TIMES November 15, 1998 article "The
New Politics of Urban Sprawl" - fee for download
- NEW YORK TIMES February 6, 1999 article "Suburban
Sprawl Takes Its Place on the Political Landscape" - fee for
- Oregon Transportation Institute's "Debate
About Los Angeles and Portland Land Use Policies".
- Planning Commissioner's Journal "Sprawl
- The Reason Foundation's report
"The Sprawling of America: In Defense of the Dynamic City".
- Rice University's "Sprawl
- Sierra Club's site includes an extensive "Challenge to Sprawl
Campaign" resource list.
- Smart Growth America
is a nationwide coalition "promoting a better way to grow; one
that protects farmland and open space, revitalizes neighborhoods,
keeps housing affordable, and makes communities more livable."
- Sprawl Watch Clearinghouse
- The Toronto Globe and Mail newspaper published an excellent
series of articles
on urban sprawl in September, 2000.
- Transportation Action Network
- VIRGINIA BUSINESS magazine's December 1998 column "Nature
Nazis and Demon Developers"
- WASHINGTON POST March 23, 1997 article "As
the Economy Grows, the Trees Fall"
- WHYY (the public broadcasting station in Philadelphia, PA) did
a series of feature shows in the summer of 1999 on suburban sprawl
in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. You can listen to these