New Video Documents the History of Sprawl

Sprawl has been a fascination with urban planners and historians alike, and is now gaining a heightened awareness due to the many linkages that can be drawn between the higher transportation costs one incurs to their ‘sprawled out’ distance from an urban core. Current legislative initiatives like the partnership between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Transportation, mean that policymakers are taking notice of the implications of where we live.

“The Story of Sprawl”, put out by Planetizen, a public-interest information exchange, documents the history of the American growth pattern, starting from the early ’40s until the beginning of the 21st century.  The video uses a series of historic films to visually tell the story – 1939′s The City, created by famed planner Lewis Mumford, No Time For Ugliness from 1965, produced by the American Institute of Architects. It adds commentary from noted experts, such as CNT Vice President of Policy, Jacky Grimshaw, CNU’s John Norquist and Neal Peirce, syndicated columist.

More information about the video, to watch clips from selected experts and to order, go to Planetizen.