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  •  Are we using the same term the same way? (4+ / 0-)
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    Infill development is when an already developed area gains redevelopment that increases the density. Areas in between villages being built up to create suburbs, that's not infill, that's sprawl.

    I'm not saying that when gas hits $5/gallon, it will flip like a light switch ... but it will hit the economic trade-offs that Europe has been facing for decades, in which the alternatives to cars have much higher shares of the passenger transport task ... and as it climbs toward $10/gallon, the trade-off will increasingly favor infill development over sprawl.

    With the beginnings of an alternative settlement pattern in place, the transition will be much smoother ... and, indeed, those places with the alternative settlement pattern will be in better shape economically, and so will be better able to afford the expansion of that system and the retrofit of the car suburb.

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    by BruceMcF on Mon Sep 03, 2007 at 04:16:26 PM PDT

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    •  sorry, my mistake (0+ / 0-)

      I had sort of mindlessly glossed "infill" as "fill in"; of course you're correct that that isn't what it means.

      I do agree that $10/gallon gas would push in that direction. There are some other challenges to face, though, especially strangely in the more politically left-wing cities. San Francisco's sprawl, for example, is not only driven by cheap gas, but also by San Francisco's very strong anti-development sentiment, which makes redevelopment, e.g. from 2-story townhomes to 10-story condos, politically impossible to get approved.

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      by Delirium on Mon Sep 03, 2007 at 04:32:09 PM PDT

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      •  I'm a big fan of Jane Jacobs ... (1+ / 0-)
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        ... and so once we get to the density of two-up, two-down townhouses, I'm not going to fret.

        As far as getting that ... giving preferential access to Federal Funding for local rail systems when there is adequate density zoning in a half mile radius around the station is, I reckon, worth considering.

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        by BruceMcF on Mon Sep 03, 2007 at 04:35:49 PM PDT

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