Officials in Maryland have, unlike most of their counterparts in Connecticut, figured out that sprawl is expensive. They are doing something about it. We, not so much.
As reported in The Atlantic Magazine, land development in Maryland has grown at three times the rate of population over the past few decades. More than a quarter of the state’s land has been developed, mostly as single-family homes. The state will add a million residents by 2035. If the present growth pattern continues — and it will unless it is stopped — the state will lose more than 400,000 acres of forest and farm by that year, at a cost of billions of dollars for new roads and other infrastructure.