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You're right, adding any similar increase in door to door travel time, no matter the mode, will tend to increase sprawl in a similar manner.
... no, of course not, not unless it actually increases sprawl.

It would be absurd to define sprawl simply in terms of commute travel time: that ignores where people go to get their groceries and other shopping, where kids go to school, where people go for their leisure. If the environs of the HSR work more like a town and less like sprawl suburbia, then development for people living in those environs will be less sprawling than development to cater to people living in sprawling outer suburbs.

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 03:23:42 PM EST
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