Scale Maps of Barcelona and Atlanta Show the Waste of Sprawl
Barcelona vs Atlanta
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This graphic was created by Alain Bertaud, a senior researcher at NYU’s Stern Urbanization Project. He was formerly principal urban planner for the World Bank. Part of his work has focused on comparing densities of world cities.
Scale Maps of Barcelona and Atlanta Show the Waste of Sprawl. Click above to see larger image.
Urban densities are not trivial, they severely limit the transport mode choice and change only very slowly. Because of the large differences in densities between Atlanta and Barcelona about the same length of metro line is accessible to 60% of the population in Barcelona but only 4% in Atlanta. The low density of Atlanta render this city improper for rail transit.