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July 3, 2000 Humans Are Viruses
I'd like to share a revelation that I've had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species. I realized that you're not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment, but you humans do not. You move to an area, and you multiply, and multiply, until every natural resource is consumed. The only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. A virus.
~Agent Smith~
From the Oscar award winning film, The Matrix

Urban Sprawl is result of this virus like behavior that humans display.  People settle in a given area that garners high levels of utility.  Gradually, that area's utility level depreciates and soon enough, people move to another area.  The image of stagnant growth, underdevelopment, and inefficient land use is the result.  

The Gore Campaign incorporates Operation Smart Growth (or something to that extant), labeling the evils of urban sprawl and ways to control stagnant development.  He intends to whitewash all municipalities that suffer from sprawl, into a functional, high developed, urban setting complete with public transportation, single-family homes, and loft apartments.

His concern regarding urban sprawl is only making the problem worse.  He is misinforming the general listening public.  Reviewing his Smart Growth Plans, it seems as though his knowledge in reference to urban sprawl is only moderately impressive on the macro level.  I do not believe he has a firm understanding on the various intricacies of sprawl.  The solution to a given municipality that is suffering from sprawl is not the solution for another.  This makes his very general, yet explicit anti-sprawl tactics a poor plan to combat the problem.

His stance is clear.  He is against urban sprawl.  Unfortunately, that also means he is against people garnering their optimal amount of utility through residential investments, while supporting the whitewashing of community identity.

I am in absolute agreement with Agent Smith.  Humans are like viruses.  Since denying human tendencies is not the answer, the only option is to clean up the destruction that they leave behind by gauging the functionality of a suffering municipality, and sparking redevelopment in accordance to that function.  Not to mention, in some cases, more sprawl can very well be a possible answer.  As more people migrate to an undeveloped area, that area will become a developed municipality.

In any case, it sickens me that Gore is using this relatively new hot topic as a means to garner votes from the uninformed American people.  He illustrates the urban ideal to his listeners and implies that all American cities can become that vision.  Repulsive ... and yet if I were to vote, I think I would end up voting for him anyway.  Ugh.