< Back to Signals

Urban Sprawl a ‘Symptom of a Divided, Dysfunctional City’ According to UN Report

The Millenium Project, South African Node cites a UN Report which asserts that sprawl—the spreading outwards of a city and its suburbs—“adds to transportation costs, increases energy consumption, requires more resources, and causes the loss of prime farmland.”

It also notes that as cities become more unequal they face the increasing risk of “social and political tension” as a result. “The cities that are prospering the most are generally those that are reducing inequalities.”

Implications from IFTF:
These kinds of reports from reputable sources are powerful evidence of the harm caused by urban sprawl and can be used in planning infrastructure development that discourages inequality and poverty.

No votes yet


The Millenium Project, South African Node, March 2010, page 9: