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Moving Beyond Sprawl: The Challenge for Metropolitan Atlanta

A Brookings Institution report on the growth Atlanta is experiencing and the downside of this incredible success. Low-density development has made its urbanized area grow rapidly, replacing farmland and forests with asphalt, subdivisions, and low-rise commercial buildings. The region's water systems, trees and green space, and air quality are severely affected by its rapid expansion. Recent anxieties about sprawl, traffic congestion, and environmental degradation in the Atlanta region have resulted in increased public demand for information about the area's growth trends and for responses to some of the negative consequences of the region's growth.Other research reported on this website includes:

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Global environment

Global warming, climate change


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U.S. environment

Moving Beyond Sprawl: The Challenge for Metropolitan Atlanta

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