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N.Y. has the best of sprawl … and the worst of sprawl

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When it comes to job sprawl, New York has its own “Tale of Two Cities.”

A Brookings Institution report titled “Job Sprawl Revisited: The Changing Geography of Metropolitan Employment” scores how jobs are distributed within metropolitan areas. High rankings go to areas where jobs are concentrated in city centers, allowing for simpler commuting patterns and better land use.

By those measures, the New York/Long Island/Northern New Jersey metropolitan area ranked second in the country (just behind Virginia Beach, Va.) with 34.8% of its jobs located within three miles of the city center.

Farther up the Hudson River, Poughkeepsie tops the national small employment center list with 67.4% of its jobs more than 10 miles from the city center.

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