|11-14-2005, 07:31 PM||#1|
Angling in the Deep
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Texas Riviera, Southern Mountains
Denver-Area Residents Will Pay $188 Billion Over 25 Years To Live In Sprawl
Anyone living in a giant, unchecked growth metro area can see it happening before their eyes. Looks like Denver has made another top 10 list.
The Denver Business Journal - 12:38 PM MST Monday
Denver among worst offenders for sprawl
Denver ranks among the top sprawling economic areas, according to a book published Monday.
The book, "Sprawl Costs: Economic Impacts of Unchecked Development," argues Americans are paying $84 million a day, or $31 billion annually, to live in sprawling communities. The book was written by Robert Burchell, co-director of the Center for Urban Policy Research at Rutgers University; Anthony Downs, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution; Barbara McCann, a transportation and land use policy writer; and Sahan Mukherji, research associate at the Center for Urban Policy Research.
The cost of sprawl comes in the form of higher expenses to drive everywhere, additional water and sewer hookups as more homes are built, and more funds needed to build additional roads.
The authors predicted the cost of low-density development, which they considered sprawl, from now to 2025.
Denver ranked No. 10 on the list of sprawling economic areas, which is defined as a metropolitan area plus its rural counties. Leading the list were: Los Angeles, Washington/Baltimore, San Francisco Bay Area, New York City, Dallas-Fort Worth, Atlanta, Boston and Miami/Fort Lauderdale.
The authors say Denver-area residents will pay $188 billion over 25 years to live in sprawling communities, or $49,767 a person. They argue that if just 25 percent of low-density growth is shifted to compact growth, the savings would be $21 billion, or $5,570 a person.
"It seems so much simpler to buy farmland at the edge and build a familiar housing subdivision," Burchell said, "but in the long run, this is a more costly strategy for everyone."