On my flight home from California last week, I took the photo above. It’s not the greatest photo, but I captured the image to illustrate the edge of suburban sprawl in some place or other, I’m not sure where.
Reviewing it later, one of the things that struck me is that the development protruding onto the landscape in the photo is actually relatively high-density, as single-family residential development goes. Those are small lots, and my very wild guess is that we could be looking at 15-20 homes per acre, enough to pass the density prerequisite ofLEED for Neighborhood Developmentand maybe even earn a density point or two.
But everything else about that development looks so wrong - leapfrogging across opportunities for contiguous development, fragmenting the landscape, extending the footprint of the region, lacking connectivity, in an area that looks seriously short of water supplies. It’s not really low-density, but it’s definitely sprawl. I’m sure its transportation characteristics are horrible.
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