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abandoned schools new schools
May 26, 2010, 6:53 pm
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Wasteful public spending in suburbs in this account from Urban Land Institute:

Not only do local governments absorb much of the cost of more and more local roadways, profoundly longer water and electrical lines, and much larger sewer systems to support sprawling development, they must also fund public services to the new residents who live farther and farther from the core community.  These new residents need police and fire protection, schools, libraries, trash removal, and other services.  Stretching all these basic services over ever-growing geographic areas places a great burden on local governments.  For example, the Minneapolis / St. Paul region built 78 new schools in the suburbs between 1970 and 1990 while simultaneously closing 162 schools in good condition located within city limits.  Albuquerque, New Mexico, faces a school budget crisis as a result of the need to build expensive new schools in outlying areas while enrollment in existing close-in schools declines.

— Richard M. Haughey, Higher Density Development: Myth and Fact

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