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CAPPA professor’s book looks at quality-of-life concerns associated with urban sprawl

July 20, 2017

Shima HamidiA new book, co-authored by Shima Hamidi, executive director of the Institute of Urban Studies and assistant professor of planning, empirically shows how badly sprawl affects health and other quality-of-life outcomes, phys.org reported.

The book, The Costs of Sprawl, was co-authored by Reid Ewing, professor at the University of Utah, and originates in studies that were funded from National Institutes of Health and Ford Foundation.

Hamidi and Ewing used 21 criteria in evaluating quality-of-life issues among residents who live in major metropolitan statistical areas. The book shows that life expectancy, economic mobility, transportation choices, and personal health and safety all improve in less sprawling areas.

Read the full UTA News Release about the book.