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Sprawl: Driven By Denial
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A CPTV Connecting Our Communities Production
Produced in Association With The Hartford Courant and The Hartford Courant's Key Issues Forum

If someone were polluting your water, driving up your energy costs  and making you spend more time in the car,  you would want to know  who and why. Sprawl: Driven by  Denial, a CPTV Connecting Our  Communities production  that premiered on CPTV on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2005, launched a dialogue examining how chasing the American    Dream has become a slow motion crisis.

Tom Condon, a Hartford Courant columnist and editor of  Place in  the Sunday Commentary section, hosted the live one-hour broadcast  interactive town meeting that explored  the problem of sprawl as well  as potential solutions.  Panelists taking part in the discussion were  Douglas I.  Foy, Secretary of the Massachusetts Office for  Commonwealth Development; Dolores Hayden, professor  of architecture and urbanism and of American studies at Yale University; and Connecticut State Representative Lewis J. Wallace Jr.

Sprawl: Driven by Denial is a CPTV Original produced in association with The Hartford Courant and The Hartford Courant's Key Issues Forum.

In conjunction with the television broadcast, The Hartford Courant published an editorial project about sprawl in its Commentary section on Sunday, Oct. 9.

The dialogue that Condon initiated during the CPTV broadcast of Sprawl: Driven by Denial has continued in his online column.

Sprawl is a growing problem that was a major issue in Connecticut's state legislature this past year and promises to be a front-burner topic in the 2006 gubernatorial election. Sprawl is defined as dispersed, auto-dependent development outside of compact urban and village centers, along highways and in the rural countryside. Sprawl began with the suburbanization of Connecticut starting right after World War II and gaining momentum in the 1960s. More recently, Connecticut has experienced intense development pressure on what used to be rural towns.
Auto emissions account for 40% of airborne toxic chemicals
Sprawl increases the time that commuters spend driving, which wastes both energy and time, and causes significant air and water pollution. Between 1997 and 2002, according to federal data, each Connecticut resident on average added nearly 500 miles to the annual mileage they drove.

As more houses and roads are built, sprawl has led to the loss of forests, fields and farms, creating aesthetic and environmental problems. A University of Connecticut study using satellite images found that the "urban footprint'' of land covered by buildings and roads grew by 15 percent between 1985 and 2002.

In addition, sprawl has led to isolation of the very poor in inner cities and of senior citizens in various pockets of sprawl.

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Cllick for a transcript of the show http://cptv.org/pdf/sprawldrivenbydenial.pdf

 


Production Credits

Sprawl: Driven by Denial is a CPTV Original produced in association with The Hartford Courant and The Hartford Courant's Key Issues Forum.
Produced by: Paul Pfeffer, Amy Zielinski, Tom Condon
Executive Producer: Jay Whitsett, vice president of programming for CPTV
Host: Tom Condon