What is urban sprawl, why is it a systemic problem and what can we do about it?

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Urban Sprawl | EMBARQ

On the outskirts of nearly every city on the planet, new developments are subsuming farms and undeveloped land, causing the environmental problem known as urban sprawl. In broad strokes sprawl contributes to over-consumption, climate change, air pollution, energy insecurity, and habitat destruction. High-density living in Washington DC compared with low-density living in Brisbane, Australia.

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