Developer/government relationship to blame for sprawl

In a groundbreaking study of urban sprawl in Calgary, Max Foran, professor of Canadian Studies in the Faculty of Communication and Culture, analyzes the relationship between land developers and the local government between 1945 and 1978, implicating both in a pattern of policy and decision-making that has resulted in the urban sprawl Calgary experiences today.

“By abrogating the responsibility for where, when, and how utilities and roads were installed in new subdivisions, the City of Calgary in effect lost the real power to direct residential growth.” – Prof. Max Foran

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