WATCH: Urban Sprawl Kills

This short film explores the connection between New Urbanism and environmental issues. What is the greatest threat to our planet? It’s not nuclear war, it’s not overpopulation, automobiles or pestilence . Our greatest threat is urban sprawl.

So what exactly is urban sprawl? “Urban sprawl or suburban sprawl is a multifaceted concept centered on the expansion of auto-oriented, low-density development. Topics range from the outward spreading of a city and its suburbs, to low-density and auto-dependent development on rural land, examination of impact of high segregation between residential and commercial uses, and analysis of various design features to determine which may encourage car dependency.”

This film was created by independent filmmaker John Paget ( with First+Main Media (Drew Ward, Chris Elisara and John Paget).

“Built to Last” won first place in The Congress for the New Urbanism CNU 17 video contest.

Video thanks to: 1standMain

There are 4 comments

  1. jezebel

    “Carbon footprint… too big”
    Too big for what, or whom?
    “SPRAWL kills species (including us)” –

    This video is very prettily put together for an animated
    audio-infographic, but it’s also very vague and unvalidated, which is not what I associate with Future Cape Town’s shares…#substance first.

  2. H. Pike Oliver

    The figure of 1 million people on 400 square miles works out to 2,500 persons per square mile, a little less than the 2010 average density of 41 major metropolitan areas in the USA ( Reducing a million person metropolitan footprint to 40 square miles would require a dramatic increase in average density–to 25,000 per square mile. As of 2000, only about four percent of the USA lived in zip codes with a density of 25,000 per square mile or greater ( and 88 percent of those folks were in New York City. So, achieving the suggested 1 million people on 40 square miles is unlikely in much of the USA. Setting a more achievable target of, say, an average of 10,000 people per square mile would provide great environmental benefits and likely generate more support.

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