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Welcome - my name is Kevin Klinkenberg, and this site "The Messy City" is my blog and company website. I started blogging on urban planning and design issues in 2007, and began working in the field in 1993. Please feel free to connect with me on any of the social media sites listed here. Thanks for reading.

New Infrastructure Will Put an End to Sprawl

Urban sprawl seems to be a problem throughout the United States.

Watch President Obama respond to a question from a councilwoman in Florida concerned about transportation infrastructure in her district.

Obama: The days of building sprawl forever are gone

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The economic stimulus bill could possibly put an end to urban sprawl. In an article from The Pitch, Kevin Klinkenberg discusses the problem sprawl causes in Kansas City:

"Kansas City is as spread out as any city in the world," Klinkenberg notes. "We've poured all of our collective and individual wealth into horizontal infrastructure, and it is literally bankrupting us." When we're so spread out, with so little mass transit, we're dependent on cars for all economic activity. "So if you lose your job, or if gas prices go up, you are hit especially hard since we essentially have no real functioning system for getting around other than driving. That's a tremendous waste of human capital."

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