Sprawl: A Compact History

Robert Bruegmann talked about his book Sprawl: A Compact History, published by University of Chicago Press. In the book, the author explained… read more

Robert Bruegmann talked about his book Sprawl: A Compact History, published by University of Chicago Press. In the book, the author explained that urban sprawl is not a new concept; rather it’s a phenomenon that has been around since the establishment of large cities and can be seen as a logical consequence of economic growth and the democratization of society. Using charts, graphs, and maps, the author discussed the belief that urban sprawl is economically inefficient, socially inequitable, environmentally irresponsible, aesthetically ugly, and that it should be stopped. Professor Bruegmann argued that although sprawl does cause problems, it has also provided major benefits. For this reason, despite all the efforts to halt it, sprawl today appears to be the preferred settlement pattern for middle-class families worldwide. Attempts to stop it, moreover, have tended to produce unintended consequences that are arguably worse than the sprawl itself. Following his remarks, Professor Bru close

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Sprawl: A Compact History

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Program ID:
190548-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Speech
Location:
Chicago, Illinois, United States
First Aired:
Dec 31, 2005 | 5:34pm EST | C-SPAN 2
Last Aired:
Jan 15, 2006 | 8:03am EST | C-SPAN 2

Airing Details

  • Dec 31, 2005 | 5:34pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Jan 03, 2006 | 6:32am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Jan 15, 2006 | 8:03am EST | C-SPAN 2
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