Comment 31027

By rusty (registered) - website | Posted May 13, 2009 at 08:14:42


We are often questioned on this site to back up our claims that sprawl is a net loss to the city. This article addresses some of those complaints. However, I wonder if it would be possible to see the nitty gritty of the city's report? I would love to see some definitive line by line analysis of how much money sprawl costs (in financial terms only). For instance, how much does it cost to build a 100 yards of new road and sewer infrastructure? How much does it cost to maintain that infrastructure? What amounts are recouped, per house, from the home builders and property tax payers? How many homes are typically serviced in a sprawl model, and what are the net costs/revenues?

It would be nice to nail down this economic argument once and for all. Any ideas? (and don't throw it back at me please! I think I just saw Jason put his hand up...)


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