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Commuting doesn't make sprawl, and urbanization doesn't equal sprawl. Commuting started with railways and tramways, not cars, but sprawl definitely started with cars and zoning laws. The difference is stations: the concentration of traffic flows to/from stations provides for a concentration of settlements (and rising property prices near stations). HSR stations placed into existing sprawl suburbia could in time concentrate them into proper villages/cities. Though the effect would be stronger if there is local mass transit linking up with the HSR station.

To me commuters have a time and not a distance limit.

There are travel costs, too. In an earlier discussion, someone quoted numbers that there are commuters on the Paris-Lyon line (that would be in your two hours radius), but not many.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Thu Jun 2nd, 2011 at 12:59:26 PM EST
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