City Planning Initiatives Can Make Urban Sprawl Work

August 11, 2017

By the end of the century, an estimated 80 percent of the world’s population may be living in urban areas. Cities will need more space, and now is the time to start preparing for that.

Bloomberg reports that urban sprawl can be beautiful if it is properly planned. As an example, the site points to Valledupar in northern Colombia, a city that has planted acres and acres of trees on land that will have road cutting through it—eventually, when the roads are needed.

It’s cheaper and easier to stake out the roads’ routes now than it will be after the sprawl occurs.

Sprawl will become more common because while cities are hubs of employment and culture, people need their own space and do not enjoy being cramped together.

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