Remember, in ecocity parlance red is good, red is health, red is vitality and the very lifeblood of a city. Sprawl is normally a sickly pink, but in the graphic below it’s orange. Orange is not good.
The Northeast megalopolis or Boston–Washington megalopolis is the heavily urbanized area of the United States stretching from the southern suburbs of Washington, D.C. to the northern suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. As of 2000, the region supported 49.6 million people, about 17% of the U.S. population on less than 2% of the nation’s land area, with a population density of 931.3 people per square mile (359.6 people/km2), compared to the U.S. average of 80.5/mi2
Only 931.3 people per square mile? Now, while I don’t recommend it as a lifestyle, Dhavari slum has 1 million people in a square mile. So you can see my point. 20% of the USA live on 2% of the land, and there’s plenty of potential to do better than that!