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Richard Florida

Over the past several decades, the New Urbanism movement — dedicated to reducing urban sprawl — has grown in popularity.


In Florida alone, estimates show that urbanization will deplete 2.4 million acres of farmland, increase dependency on automobiles, and ultimately lead to the release of more pollutants. New Urbanists such as Richard Florida have argued that density in a city is the best method of reducing sprawl by bringing people closer to everyday necessities. Local activism such as walkability movements and greenspace movements has amplified this message. However, some argue that the New Urbanist movement could spark gentrification.