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    “For the first time we are able to define sprawl objectively, so we can see how it measures up,” said Don Chen, SGA executive director. So where does sprawl measure up in its most pronounced form? The three metro areas with the greatest sprawl, at least according to the SGA study, are Riverside-San Bernardino, Calif.; Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High Point, N.C.; and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., respectively.More……………. http://www.siteselection.com/ssinsider/s… ————— IN THE LAST TWO DECADES, public health researchers have demonstrated how the built environment—homes, roads, neighborhoods, workplaces, and other structures and spaces created or modified by people—can affect human health adversely.1–7 Urban sprawl, a pattern of uncontrolled development around the periphery of a city, is an increasingly common feature of the built environment in the United States and other industrialized nations.8 Although there is considerable evidence that urban sprawl has adverse environmental impacts and contributes to a variety of health problems—including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory disease9—implementation of policies designed to combat sprawl, such as smart growth, has proven to be difficult.10–17 One of the main difficulties obstructing the implementation of smart-growth policies is the considerable controversy these policies generate. Such controversy is understandable, given the fact that the stakeholders affected by urban-planning policies have conflicting interests and divergent moral and political viewpoints.18 In some of these situations, deliberative democracy—an approach to resolving controversial public-policy questions that emphasizes open, deliberative debate among the affected parties as an alternative to voting—would be a fair and effective way to resolve urban-planning issues.Go to:URBAN SPRAWL. Urban sprawl in the United States has its origins in the flight to the suburbs that began in the 1950s. People wanted to live outside of city centers to avoid traffic, noise, crime, and other problems, and to have homes with more square footage and yard space.8,9 As suburban areas developed, cities expanded in geographic size faster than they grew in population. This trend has produced large metropolitan areas with low population densities, interconnected by roads. Residents of sprawling cities tend to live in single-family homes and commute to work, school, or other activities by automobile.8,9 People who live in large metropolitan areas often find it difficult to travel even short distances without using an automobile, because of the remoteness of residential areas and inadequate availability of mass transit, walkways, or bike paths. In 2002, the 10 worst US metropolitan areas for sprawl were Riverside–San Bernardino, CA; Greensboro–Winston-Salem–High Point, NC; Raleigh–Durham, NC; Atlanta, GA; Greenville–Spartanburg, SC; West Palm Beach–Boca Raton–Delray Beach, FL; Bridgeport–Stamford–Norwalk–Danbury, CT; Knoxville, TN; Oxnard–Ventura, CA; and Fort Worth–Arlington, TX More…………….. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles… ————- The Piedmont Triad (or simply the Triad) is a north-central region of the U.S. state of North Carolina that consists of the area within and surrounding the three major cities of Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point. This close group or “triad” of cities lies in the Piedmont geographical region of the United States and forms the basis of the Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High Point CSA. The area of the triad is approximately 5,954 square miles. The metropolitan area is connected by Interstates 40, 85, 73, & 74 and is served by the Piedmont Triad International Airport. Long known as one of the primary manufacturing and transportation hubs of the southeastern United States, the Triad is also an important educational and cultural region and occupies a prominent place in the history of the American Civil Rights Movement. The Triad is not to be confused with the “Triangle” region (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill), directly to the east. As of 2008, the Piedmont Triad has an estimated population of 1,603,101 making it the 30th largest CSA metropolitan area in the United States. More…. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piedmont_Tr…

    February 19, 2013 at 1:15 am

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