Rural Sprawl—March 2007 Issue

Rural Sprawl

  • Do fence me in?
    Rural sprawl happens when people try to grab their slice of paradise in the country. Critics view it as devastating; newcomers are just looking for a better life.
  • Coping strategies
    Sprawl is often condemned, but most critiques hold no economic water. Still, a few are valid, and policy fixes may exist.
  • Wide open spaces
    Incentive-based tools to protect rural land from sprawl are increasingly popular, but some doubt their effectiveness.

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