The livable streets and smart growth blogosphere was set fire today when President Obama declared the end of sprawl in Fort Meyers, Florida — a poster child for the sprawl-induced mortgage meltdown.

The days where we’re just building sprawl forever, those days are over. I think that Republicans, Democrats, everybody… recognizes that’s not a smart way to design communities. So we should be using this money to help spur this sort of innovative thinking when it comes to transportation.

Note this comes in direct opposition to a sprawl proliferation project Obama talked up the day before in Indiana.

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3 Responses to Sprawl is Dead, says Obama

  1. adam says:

    maybe it’s just me, but your link doesn’t seem to mention anything that would be termed a sprawl-proliferation project. Sending kids to college?


  2. Mike Lydon says:

    “roads like US 31 here in Indiana that Hoosiers count on … and I know that a new overpass downtown would make a big difference for businesses and families right here in Elkhart.”

    Route 31/20 is regional ring road that skirt through the countryside around South Bend, Mishawka, and Elkhart. Widening this road would certainly help invite more traffic and more sprawling development.


  3. Kevin says:



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