Monday, November 14, 2011

Awesomest News du Jour CLXV

Has Sprawl finally run out of gas?


NPR asks the question.

Urban Sprawl was once thought to be an insatiable beast, ever-expanding a city limit by gobbling up the hinterlands as fast as our population could grow and as fast as the bankers could underwrite the developers (who, truth be told, really didn't give much of a thought to place-making beyond some peel-and-stick facades).

Well, apparently the party is over, and the land has been deemed more suitable for farming than housing subdivisions or strip malls. Imagine:  using land to produce something the world needs rather than providing yet more unnecessary space for overfed consumers to park their Lay-z-boys....

[Image source:  Garth Lenz, a fellow at the International League of Conservation Photographers.]