Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The cost of sprawl: $1 trillion per year in US

When auto companies bought up and killed off public transit in the early 1900’s to build a car-fueled world, they set the stage for sprawl.

Sprawl is made possible by highways. This is expensive—in 2015, the Victoria Transport Policy Institute estimated that sprawl costs America more than $1 trillion a year in reduced business activity, environmental damage, consumer expenses, and other costs. Leaving aside the emissions from the 1.1 billion trips Americans take per day (87 percent of which are taken in personal vehicles), spreading everything out has eaten up an enormous amount of natural land.
This article makes the case for addressing sprawl in climate policies, in particular building workforce housing in walkable, transit oriented developments.


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