I'd like to know everyone's ideas on how to stop sprawl and encourage revitalization of urban neighborhoods and urban growth...
Some I can think of...
Urban Growth Boundaries: Artificial Boundaries set to restrict development in a certain area in a certain amount of time. Slows down and sometimes eliminates further sprawl. However it creates higher costs of living inside the UGB.
Forest Rings: When the geography supports it, many cities surround themselves with, or are surrounded by forests. They seek to preserve those forests, which can also help stop sprawl on the outer edges of the city.
Infrastructure Restrictions: The City refuses to provide infrastructure such as water, sewage and power outside of a certain boundary. Dramatically restricting further sprawl.
Zoning Restrictions: Zoning can help keep sprawl from developing agricultural or natural land.
Improve Schools: This is a major problem in many urban cities keeping the medium and upper income families from moving there, and it holds back the families in poverty.
Improve Crime/Fire: Often fire protection is not as bad as crime protection. Decreasing crime can really help generate more investment and development in urban areas.
Parks: Urban parks and plazas are much more advantageous than those in sprawl, they are also easier to access. Because of the denser concentration of people, more parks would be needed, and they are more frequently used. Building more or improving current ones would be a great attraction.
Removal of Public Housing Projects: These concentrate families in poverty, and isolates them from the rest of the neighborhoods. Neighborhoods need to be more integrated, and families in need ought to be put in with low, medium and upper income families instead of concentrated together.
Mass Transit Improvements: This is a major factor, with sprawl, owning an automobile is a must, however that dependence is bad, it dramatically increases pollution, and causes many other problems. A good mass transit system in the inner city would save people a lot of money, would get people places faster, decrease traffic, and decrease pollution.