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How do we fix the sprawl?

I'm from Houston. Actually, just outside Houston, but near enough to it to make my point. I live in the suburbs. My city is very spawled. Once a city has already been built around the need of a car, how would/could that town "fix" the infrastructure to allow it to be more walkable? What's the first step? Who do I need to talk to in my local government to try to get these changes made?

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    Nov 16 2013: I think this could be solved, at least partially, with the adoption of a couple of strategies.

    Firstly, I think that fostering neighborhood pride and individuality would make people more likely to invest in creating microcosms and supporting the local businesses that spring up as a result of it. This would create less of a need for travel for recreation and also help to foster mom and pop style businesses.

    Secondly, I think that with our increased use of things like "telepresence", service jobs will be increasingly able to be done from home or neighborhood shared "workspaces". This limits the need for travel beyond biking and walking.

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