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Urban sprawl: New study finds LA isn't as bad as you think

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The 110 and downtown Los Angeles. Mae Ryan/KPCC

Maybe you've noticed a new strip mall in your neighborhood? How about a housing complex? A new road?

L.A. is growing by leaps and bounds, but can the growth be called sprawl? A new study says no.

That's one of a few surprising findings in Measuring Sprawl 2014, released this week from the Metropolitan Research Center and Smart Growth America.

To see how L.A. stacked up against some of the other major cities in the US, we spoke with Reid Ewing, director of the Metropolitan Research Center at the University of Utah.

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