Green sprawl

Laura Taylor, Kirsten Valentine Cadieux

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This article asks readers to think about the ideology of nature driving "green sprawl": the complex exurban landscape beyond the urban fringe, which is home to people who, paradoxically, want to both live in it and protect it. In the article, the authors offer a unique perspective on the sprawl debate. Academics and practitioners alike see sprawl as a problem of a growth economy, a fetish for consumer goods, arid they see the role of land use planning as stopping such growth before it ruins the countryside und rural areas that people cherish. But the authors argue that in order to understand or address sprawl, there is a need to better understand why and how people seek out nature and engage with the ways this tendency contributes to "green sprawl".

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16-21
Number of pages6
JournalPlan Canada
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2012


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