City & Local Reform
It turns out that you can fight town hall. Here’s how we’re standing up for local citizens and winning.
The modern metropolis, as critics see it, sends irregular tentacles of low density development snaking through pristine areas, leaving behind large amounts of unused land and under-used infrastructure. To many, the Phoenix metropolitan area epitomizes the problem. Policies to encourage more infill-that is, to locate more development within the urbanized area rather than on its fringes-are advocated as a route to more efficient use of land and existing infrastructure, preservation of open-space, decreased cost of public services, and improved economic and social conditions, as well as to alleviate the general atmosphere of disorder.
As the Phoenix area continues to grow and add new residents, problems of air pollution, traffic congestion, finance, and transit will continue to receive attention from citizens, media, and policymakers. Since the Phoenix area is a good example of the suburb-focused, low-density format of growth and development, many calls for change have laid the blame for our woes at sprawl's doorstep. This study discusses the sources of sprawl, compares measures of sprawl across metropolitan areas, and prescribes market-based incentives to minimize its impact on residents.