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RIP Sprawl?

Carlton Basmajian, a Georgia Tech grad and author of "Atlanta Unbound: Enabling Sprawl through Policy and Planning," is the latest planning whiz to chime in about Leinberger's recent sprawl-is-dead report, and his findings are serious food for thought. Basmajian argues that metro Atlanta's "sprawl machine" began to switch gears back in the late 1990s — long before the Great Recession — due to philosophical changes within the Atlanta Regional Commission, who were confronting a traffic crisis. Ironic, considering the ARC had been advocating for a "low-density metropolis" for decades, according to Basmajian. [Creative Loafing.]