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Higher densities mean more people per hectare, which makes public transport more economically viable, which cuts down on car use, which saves transport energy. Suburbs are very popular, however -over 80% of the populations of the UK and the US would prefer to live in them -and they can't all be bulldozed or 'densified'. Turning the Compact City model on its head frees us to ask what environmental advantages low densities might have. Most suburbs have abundant open land, and land can perform:doi:10.1017/s1359135512000243 fatcat:nurkvdo3cbhl5elm7dkme2lb5e