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Office Parks Are Worse Than Suburban Sprawl

The issues caused by rampant suburban sprawl are well known, but in this post on Planetizen, Michael Lewyn argues that living in the suburbs is...


The issues caused by rampant suburban sprawl are well known, but in this post on Planetizen, Michael Lewyn argues that living in the suburbs is fine, it's working in the suburbs that is the problem. Office parks and their ilk force people into extra driving and generally reenforce the idea of sprawl:
I can think of no reason why an office building (other than, perhaps, one where the Ebola virus is routinely handled) should be behind a 500-foot driveway with no sidewalks. The arguments for allowing offices to locate in suburbia do not justify the office park form, because 500-foot driveways do not reduce rents in any obvious respect. Moreover, the suburban office park in its current form creates harmful externalities, by forcing people to drive to reach them even if they live nearby (thus increasing pollution and traffic congestion).
Read more of Lewyn's post at Planetizen here.
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