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Smart Growth and The Transportation-Land Use Connection: What Does the Research Tell Us?


This paper looks at the connection that transportation and land use share and the role this connection has in smart growth efforts. Four assumptions are presented that discuss the impact the highway construction and capacity might have on growth, on congestion, the impact that light rail transit may have on density, and the impact of new urbanism design strategies on automobile use. The paper provides an overview of the theory, research efforts, and current debates associated with the assumptions.

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