Urban Sprawl

Urban Sprawl

Author: Richard Wesson

The student will be able to explain urbanization and urban sprawl and give examples from regions around the world.

Urban sprawl is a global issue that needs to be addressed around the world.  It is a stress on the infrastructure of countries, on community resources, and on the earth itself.  Left unchecked, it leads to overcrowded cities, high levels of pollution, and high levels of congestion, be it people, traffic, etc.  However, these issues can be controlled by planned growth in our major cities.  By planning out communities (planned growth) and creating communities where resources and service industries are available "close to home" (sustainable development), we can alleviate some of the problems associated with the negative affects of urban sprawl.

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