Twentieth Century Sprawl: Highways and the Reshaping of the American Landscape

Tue, Jun 15, 2004

Owen Gutfreund’s 20th Century Sprawl is a groundbreaking study of how urban sprawl changed the face of America’s cities and towns. Gutfruend takes a “follow the money” approach to show how government policies—largely unexamined—from as early as the 1920’s subsidized the spread of cities and fueled a chronic nationwide dependence on cars and road building with little regard for expense, efficiency, social justice, or the environment.”