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Sprawl in Canada and the United States
Urban Lawyer (2012)
  • Michael Lewyn

The purpose of this Article is to ascertain whether (1) suburban sprawl is as widespread in Canadian metropolitan areas as in their American counterparts, and (2) Canadian government policies, and in particular Canadian zoning law and transportation policies, encourage sprawl. The article concludes that Canadian metropolitan areas are in fact somewhat less sprawling than most of their American counterparts, but that in Canada, as in the United States, government land use regulation and government transportation policy do favor sprawl to some extent. For example, in both nations municipal zoning regulations, by limiting density and forcing landowners to build parking lots, encourage driving and discourage walking and transit ridership.

  • Sprawl,
  • Canada,
  • Suburb,
  • Parking,
  • Zoning
Publication Date
Winter 2012
Citation Information
Michael Lewyn. "Sprawl in Canada and the United States" Urban Lawyer Vol. 44 (2012)
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