Urban Sprawl Outline - Urban Sprawl Outline Wednesday 16...

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Urban Sprawl Outline Wednesday – 16 January 2008 Julia Wooldridge – Rm. 276 – faculty assistant I. ALWR Info from Syllabus a. To assist you with your papers, I have created a library of sprawl-related works in my office. Feel free to come over, browse and borrow. b. VI. Paper- Your final grade will be based primarily on a paper on a topic of your choice of over 25 pages; the student handbook uses the term "25 pages excluding footnotes" which as a practical matter means that the paper should be at least 26 pages including footnotes. Because most, if not all, papers, will be submitted to fulfill FCSL's legal writing requirement, all papers should fulfill the Guidelines set forth in the Student Handbook. I reserve the right to consider deviations from these guidelines while grading your papers c. An outline of the paper will be due in late February d. A rough draft of the paper will be due in late March e. The final draft will be due on May 16, the last day of exams f. In mid-April, I will have students give oral presentations about the papers First Day I. Four main topics a. What is sprawl? b. Why is it controversial? c. How does the law relate to it? i. How do legal rules (more statutes than cases) help create sprawl? ii. Should anything be done about it? Legal remedies and their pros/cons II. Elements (types) of sprawl a. Where we grow: cities vs. suburbs b. How we grow: automobile dependent vs. cities made for people and cars i. Before 40’s-ish, development was for people travelling more on foot – not cars III. Why is it controversial? a. Vanishing land i. Anti-sprawl: sprawl takes up farmland, open space ii. Pro-sprawl (more accurately, anti-anti-sprawl): b. Biggest fighters – environmentalists vs. developers c. Anti-sprawl: sprawl reduces density thus reducing density-related congestion (but note counterargument: congestion increases over time even when density reduced). IV. Pollution/energy use a. Anti-sprawl: more driving means more pollution and energy use, means more global warming, etc. b. Anti-anti-sprawl: sprawl means lower density, thus reducing congestion and pollution V. Public health/obesity a. Anti-sprawl – sprawl means less walking means more obesity b. Anti-anti-sprawl – urban design just one factor among many (diet, personal habits, etc. (and maybe too trivial to matter) VI. Social equity a. Anti – sprawl means carless poor/disabled left in cold, can’t reach suburban jobs (also, if city and suburbs separate municipalities, poor left in cities w/lously tax base) i. Carlessness – jobs in places where you need a car and carless poor/elderly/disabled can’t reach them ii. “Abandoned Neighborhood/Municipality” Issue
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b. A/Anti – sprawl means more housing supply, which means cheaper land and thus lower housing prices (note: only true if gov allows unlimited housing, since gov often enforces low density it restricts housing supply even under sprawl) VII. Social stability a. Anti-sprawl – bad for social stability b/c people
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course URBAN SPRA Unsure taught by Professor Lewyn during the Spring '08 term at Florida Coastal School of Law.

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