Containment Policies for Urban Sprawl

Why should we want to contain cities? Some agriculturalists regard the answer as too obvious to require demonstration: cities are dangerously seductive, sterile and wicked, and, like the Soviets, belong behind a Curzon Line and cordon sanitaire. The Soil Conservation Service entertains the Malthusians with endless excursions and alarums over dangerous inroads on our best cropland, and agricultural extension men rarely gather without deploring the loss of their territory to an alien power.

“Containment Policies for Urban Sprawl.” In Richard Stauber (ed.) Approaches to the Study of Urbanization. Governmental Research Center, The University of Kansas, 1964, pp. 115-33.

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