Federal policies encourage sprawl by incentivizing development in suburban and rural areas, rather than in compact, walkable city centers asserts an editorial in the Hartford Courant.  Policies like tax credits for single family homeownership rather than rental or multifamily units have led to less-dense neighborhoods, and often fail to adequately support existing ones.  The result is that smart growth is not promoted and sprawl continues to grow.

Who’s Driving Sprawl? The Feds