"Causes of sprawl: A portrait from space" (Univ. of Toronto)
- MTC Transportation Headlines linked to a duplicate of this article today. It's a summary of a study titled "Causes of Sprawl: A Portrait from Space" by researchers at the University of Toronto. The article states that scattered urban/suburban development generally did not become more scattered between 1976 and 1992 and happens more often in areas with easy groundwater access, temperate climates, developable hilltops (with corresponding difficult-to-develop hillsides), and greater development subsidies (e.g., for sewers, police coverage, and other public services). The authors say roads and number of local jurisdictions do not have a relationship to scatteredness.