In the Washington Post, Eduardo Peñalver, an associate professor at Cornell Law School, sees the end of sprawl as a silver lining for middle-class homeowners facing housing market collapse and high gasoline prices. Given the connections between car-dependent suburban development and social ills from climate change and the destruction of wetlands to obesity and social isolation, Peñalver says the end to post-World War II sprawl can come none too soon. For his full article, click more.
But that is only part of the issue. Peñalver sees the end of sprawl leading to more regionalized planning to tackle long-standing planning disputes between urban and suburban communities.This, in turn, raises a host of concerns about the perils of centralized planning and the suppression of public dissent it may engender, as Ben Kelahan, a Saint Consulting division manager in Washington, and Mike Saint, chairman of Saint Consulting, comment below.