Urban Expansion – Will it Ever Stop?

This essay raises thought-provoking questions, contains many challenging details, and steps on some toes. It will arouse disagreement and maybe controversy. Everyone will do well to attend closely to the compelling problems it discusses of harnessing urban land—a resource that “holds economic forces of titanic power for welfare or destruction.”
“Urban Expansion — Will it Ever Stop?” Land, The 1958 Yearbook of Agriculture. (Washington: U.S.G.P.O., 1958), pp. 503-22. Republished in R.G. Putnam, F.J. Taylor and P.G. Kettle (eds.) A Geography of Urban Places. Toronto etc., Methuen, 1970, pp. 291-312.

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