Urban Sprawl Research Paper

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Urban Sprawl in the Modern World
Urban sprawl and the direct connection of issues plaguing cities today and in the future involving relative sectors of influence such as the environment, economy, and social activity. This paper will address the trend of urban sprawl among cities in Canada and in a global context. The purpose of this paper is to outline the outlasting and detrimental effects of urban sprawl along with the challenges of sustainable urban development through a professional planning prospective. In conclusion discuss the adherence to the need for adaptive change in lifestyle and development practices from communal and global perspectives.

Literature Review
The analysis of urban sprawl; how it is defined, how the trend came to
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(Jaeger et al.,2010) Theses 3 aspects are:
1. the expansion of urban areas;
2. the scattering of settlement areas, that is how densely clumped or widely dispersed the buildings and patches of built-up areas are within the landscape (area-intensive growth);
3. low-density development (i.e. high land uptake per person).

Analysis of Positive and Negative Effects of Urban Sprawl
Urban sprawl creates many issues surrounding future endeavors involving many sectors of development and quality of life but also provides serval positive effects, its positive arguably desirable aspects are what makes urban sprawl such a popular trend among cities world-wide today. All the desirable traits urban sprawl provides involve quality of life amongst the citizens residing in these expanding cities and communities. Urban sprawl provides often single-family dwellings with lush green space, and sufficient private space between dwellings. The picture-perfect family home with the white picket fence is the key symbol
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As many of these potential positive effects and aspects of urban sprawl are crucial to seemingly ideal lifestyles of the modern age it can have extremely detrimental effects on the environmental, economic, and social ways of life. (Ewing, 1994; Ewing, 2008; Johnson, 2001; Wilson and Chakraborty, 2013) A crucial example is the trend of urban sprawl’s impact on agricultural development, this threatens the overall ideal of a sustainable environment. Urban sprawl is very much like the idea of littering, as an individual it is efficient and timely in the average person’s daily schedule for them to simply litter. It appeals to the individual but doesn’t appeal to the masses. An individual’s home will not be filled with litter but another species habitat very well may be. Urban sprawl is similar in the sense of sprawling landscape use being beneficial to the individual perspective but harmful to the perspective of the masses as it can too negatively impact the environmental state of something or someone else. Urban sprawl effects the environment through the alteration of landscapes major characteristics of the landscape effected are water, habitats/ecosystems, and agriculture. Three steps of