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If sprawl is defined as a system of development with distinct types of uses segregated into low-density single-use zones, then, no, HSR does not encourage that.

It may encourage some longer commutes by some higher income commuters 30min to 60min away from a main job center by HSR, but so long as the HSR stations are sited to promote infill development and anchor local transport systems, the net impact is anti-sprawl.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Thu Jun 2nd, 2011 at 12:41:47 PM EST
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