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U. of U study: Reducing urban sprawl can improve health, wealth
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The consortium has produced plans that envision funneling much of the growth into high-density town centers built around mass-transit stations, which fit more people on less land and could cut traffic congestion, reduce pollution and even trim water use.

Gov. Gary Herbert has also launched a similar statewide initiative to figure out the future for all of Utah — not just the Wasatch Front — called "Your Utah, Your Future."

At a glance

How urban areas rank for sprawl

» Most compact and connected: 1. New York City; 2. San Francisco; 3. Atlantic City, N.J.

» Utah rankings (among 221 metro areas): 85. Provo-Orem; 94. Salt Lake City; 119. Ogden-Clearfield.

» Most sprawl: 221. Hickory, N.C.; 220. Atlanta; 219. Clarksville, Tenn.

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