Judson dismisses any concerns that large parts of Texas might be getting just a tad too covered in asphalt, insisting that only "2% of Texas was covered by urban development in 1997," with current projections of 4% by 2080. So what you thought looked like smoggy urban sprawl from the Gulf to Denton is just an optical illusion: In the new millennium, we've got all of West Texas to bulldoze!
But our favorite passage in this paean to the poured-concrete notion of progress is this one: Would the critics of sprawl force our children "to live in stifling dense cities, crowded and polluted like Moscow, Beijing or Western European cities?" That's quite a choice: Paris, Amsterdam, Rome, Barcelona, London ...? Perish the thought. We'll take Grand Prairie or Katy, anytime.