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Unformatted text preview: ng sprawl opens up space for
more public participation
Kirkman, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Science and Technology in the School of Public Policy at the
Georgia Institute of Technology, Spring 2010 [Project Muse - Robert, “Did Americans Choose Sprawl,” Ethics and
the Environment, Volume 15, Number 1, accessed 6/30/12] SM
That deliberation about values may take place in a public forum and be subject to public standards of reasonableness brings me around to an
important point. Even when the debate over the origins of sprawl is cast in terms of the private choices of individual
consumers, larger political questions lie just below the surface. This is to say the debate between anti-sprawl advocates and their
critics, especially those with a libertarian bent, is a political contest in at least two senses of the term. Not only is it a contest for influence in
matters of public policy, but it is a contest over matters of political theory , in particular: Who has the legitimate authority to
make decisions about the structure of the built environment, incl...
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