When new development bypasses vacant land, however, the land in between is suddenly accessible to more people and thus attractive to commercial developers.
Thus, leapfrogging is a vital part of development in growing areas. Infrastructure must be extended farther and the longer distance creates more traffic and longer commutes into the city.
The name reinforces the view that metropolitan growth is ugly, inefficient, and the cause of traffic congestion and environmental harm.
Before we decide we are against urban sprawl, however, we should be clear about what it is and why we do not like it.
For a leapfrog development to be cost-effective, the outlying development must pay the full costs of the infrastructure it requires.