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But that has to do with the fact that you will get economic growth in places that are not New York, not with HSR per se. If, instead, you placed a shipyard in those communities, you'd also get sprawl.
It's hard to see how driving for more than 30 km to an HSR station (that's going to take somewhere on the order of 3/4 of an hour, more the further you go out) and then switching to the HSR line can cause sprawl to develop further than about 250 km outside the major city you're connecting (and that's if your roads are in good condition - if they're not, you can shave a couple of dozen km off that estimate).
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Assuming that the HSR authority is trying, picking station locations that net promote clustering as opposed to sprawl is reasonably straightforward. And if they aren't trying, then over-riding local planning authority and handing it to them instead does no good anyway.
I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.
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