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Sprawl in California

A report on quantifying the role of the state’s population boom*

Leon Kolankiewicz and Roy Beck
August 13, 2000


Table of Contents
[Sprawl in California, Parts 1 - 5]
Executive Summary
1. Introduction
1.1 Biodiversity hotspot
1.2 Anti-sprawl effectiveness depends on correct targeting
1.3 No need for abstract debate
2. Defining and measuring ‘Overall Sprawl’
2.1 Quality vs. Quantity Measurements
2.2 Census Bureau’s ‘Urbanized Areas’
2.3 Period of study
3. ‘Per Capita Sprawl’ alone cannot explain Overall Sprawl
3.1 Many reasons for Per Capita Sprawl
3.2 Per capita land consumption growth falls far short of total land growth percentage
4. The population growth factor and limits of forced density
4.1 Comparing population growth with per capita consumption growth
4.2 California’s extraordinary population growth
4.3 Population growth without sprawl would still enlarge ecological footprint
5. Analyzing the data
[Sprawl in California Parts 6 - End]
6. California Findings
6.1 Population growth related to 100% of sprawl in most cities
6.2 Los Angeles suggests limits of ‘the denser the better’ approach
7. Conclusion
Appendix A: California Urbanized Areas raw data
Appendix B: The Census Bureau’s Urbanized Areas data
Appendix C: Calculating per capita land consumption
Appendix D: The Holdren apportioning methodology
Appendix E: Accounting for distortions by aggregate data
Appendix F: Population growth without sprawl
Used with permission of the author.


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