Sustainability, Volume 12, Issue 10 (May-2 2020) – 395 articles
Cover Story (view full-size image): This study examines urban sprawl in Belgium over six decades, from 1950 to 2010. It highlights that sprawl is a self-reinforcing process, i.e., sprawl fuels further sprawl over time. Three sprawl indices were employed: the degree of urban dispersion, the degree of urban permeation of the landscape, and the built-up land uptake per capita. These three indices consider both the growth of built-up areas and population density to measure the magnitude of sprawl. It appears that the increase in the degree of dispersion is locally driven by previous values of dispersion, i.e., dispersion provides an adequate milieu for further dispersion. According to these results, more restrictive land use policies are required in places where built areas are initially quite dispersed. The data that support the findings of this study are openly available. View this paper
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