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Suburban sprawl is losing more friends per minute than Joe Walsh. This aerial photo essay may win back a few, at least superficially. The photos are Christoph Gielen's, appearing on the blog Co.Exist. They show the beauty of spiraling, frantic subdivisions broke free from the grid. Simultaneously, they demonstrate just how cancerous this unchecked growth is to urban vitality, the economy, and the natural environment. It's all there, in the form. The aerials also depict places where the hypergrowth has ground to a halt, and the noodle soup of highways that feed the cycle of boom and bust. Worth a look! [Co.Exist, photo: Christoph Gielen]