What type of environment do you want to live in? All too often cities tend to grow haphazrdly, creating more traffic and pollution as people have to drive farther to get what they need. And eventually cities get large and then crime and all sorts of problems develop. Hopefully this blog post will encourage people to think through how their communities may develop in years to come and make more informed choices.
“Urban sprawl or suburban sprawl is a multifaceted concept centered on the expansion of auto-oriented, low-density development. Topics range from the outward spreading of a city and its suburbs, to low-density and auto-dependent development on rural land, examination of impact of high segregation between residential and commercial uses, and analysis of various design features to determine which may encourage car dependency. The term “sprawl” is most often associated with land use in the English-speaking world; in Continental Europe the term “peri-urbanisation” is often used to denote similar dynamics and phenomena.
Discussions and debates about sprawl are often made unclear by the uncertainty of the meaning associated with the phrase. For example, some commentators measure sprawl only with the average number of residential units per acre in a given area. But others associate it with decentralization (spread of population without a well-defined centre), discontinuity (leapfrog development, segregation of uses, and so forth. The term urban sprawl generally has negative connotations due to the health, environmental and cultural issues associated with the phrase.”
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