The Myth of the Compact City: Why Compact Development Is Not the Way to Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions

The author argues that compact urban development is an infringement on personal freedom, mobility and private property rights. Advocates of compact urban development, which argues for mixed used development and denser population centers, indicate that this type of development will decrease the carbon footprint by increasing public transit use and decreasing automobile travel. However, the author believes that compact development would incur huge costs on the nation and would distract the nation from measures such as levying carbon taxes, which would yield more immediate reductions in greenhouse gases; and its effects would be able to be monitored more easily than the use of compact urban development.

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    Cato Institute

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  • Authors:
    • O'Toole, Randal
  • Publication Date: 2009-11-18


  • English

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  • Media Type: Web
  • Pagination: 24p
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  • Accession Number: 01153459
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 22 2010 12:32PM