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By Elizabeth Burton, Mike Jenks, Katie Williams

This e-book offers the newest pondering at the advantages and hazards of upper density city residing. It deals assorted critiques and examine, from quite a lot of disciplines, and provides an perception into either the theoretical debate and the sensible demanding situations surrounding the compact urban. crucial interpreting for a person with an curiosity in sustainable city improvement.

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This suggests that policies aimed at preventing development in the countryside have pushed pressures back on urban areas, resulting in the loss of urban green spaces, and increased congestion. Thus, the argument goes, protection of the countryside and the quality of life of rural dwellers has lowered the quality of life of urban dwellers. The case against the extreme decentrists has been articulated—albeit to extremes—by the centrists. If the energy consumption argument does not stand—as Breheny (1995b) has suggested—then the land loss argument probably does stand.

Most appear to believe or hope that it will require no more than some belttightening. Others cling to the view that the climate scientists could prove to be wrong and that we will be able to proceed along the gradus ad parnassum towards an ever-expanding economy and hedonistic lifestyle which have become the prime goals of their policies, irrespective of the evidence of their unsustainability, let alone their damaging effects. When pressed to admit that time may be up, politicians have shielded themselves behind a claim that the necessary resolute action cannot be imposed on an unwilling public which is not yet prepared to alter its lifestyle.

Damaging outcomes The rise in car ownership and use, steady decline in walking and cycling, and poorer public transport services have led to a worsening of the situation in respect of most of the economic, social and environmental measures that could be used to monitor progress in this domain of public policy. In appraisals of public policy, the adverse effects are only partially appreciated because many of them are not susceptible to valuation in monetary terms and have not therefore featured prominently.

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