“Sprawl Is Good for You”: Annotated Bib 10

Bruegmann, Robert. “Sprawl Is Good for You.” Politico Magazine. N.p., 8 May 2014. Web. 28 Apr. 2016. <http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/05/sprawl-is-good-for-you-106494_Page2.html#.VyLfnaMrLaY>.

“Sprawl Is Good for You” is an article written by Robert Bruegmann regarding the notion that sprawling cities are problematic and unhealthy.  He objects due to the success of cities like Atlanta and Houston.  He proves that although residents of the Atlanta and Houston areas are more dependent on automobiles, they also have more access to jobs and opportunities due to the set up of the area.  The high density of cities like Chicago result in ultimately a poorer population by the numbers and more health risks in total.  People in Atlanta have on average more money and demand more space per person, which explains the high sprawl rate.  In that case, sprawl is not necessarily a bad thing at all according to Bruegmann.  The author puts together a very factual and well thought out argument by acknowledging concerns and addressing them.  I would recommend this source to someone studying this topic.


“The ATL Urbanist Plan”: Annotated Bib 7

Givens, Dan. “The Anti-Urban Planning Argument for Maintaining Sprawl In Atlanta.” Web blog post. The ATL Urbanist. N.p., 31 May 2015. Web. 28 Apr. 2016. <http://atlurbanist.tumblr.com/post/120390631434/the-anti-urban-planning-argument-for-maintaining>.

This article written on Dan Givens blog is a response to an article written in a newspaper about the growing population of the metropolitan area of Atlanta and what to do about the exponential growth that has been seen recently.  The author of the article in question, Wendell Cox, claims that the urban planners are the “bad guys” and are charging high prices to live in the city as they build more and more housing and making for a denser community.  Dan Givens insists that Cox’s argument is ridiculous because of the simple real estate and economic rules that are ignored in the conclusion.  Givens points out that supply and demand economics would be the obvious culprit for the fluctuation of prices in the city of Atlanta.  As more and more people more to the area, the more housing is demanded, and the more people are willing to pay.  Especially because it is still cheaper no matter what to live in Atlanta than in most of the northern major cities that the great influx of residents are coming from.  Givens puts together a very informative argument and makes good points throughout.