Measuring Patterns of Urban Development: New Intelligence for the War on Sprawl

@article{Knaap2007MeasuringPO,
  title={Measuring Patterns of Urban Development: New Intelligence for the War on Sprawl},
  author={Gerrit Knaap and Yan Song and Zorica Nedovic-Budic},
  journal={Local Environment},
  year={2007},
  volume={12},
  pages={239 - 257}
}
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