Area residents have already begun to see the negative effects
of inefficient land use patterns. Over-burdened public facilities,
degraded air quality and scarce housing are some of the many
ills that an increasing number of local residents encounter.
If not addressed, the "business-as-usual" approach
to accomodating growth will degrade the Bay Area's quality
studies suggest that sprawl-pattern development has contributed
to problems in a wide range of issue areas beyond the obvious
ones typically discussed by smart growth advocates. Here is
a sampling of such studies.