Suburban Sprawls

Urbanizing the world.

The danger that they represent.

Longer and more frequent commutes are a major concern associated with urban sprawl. The average American spends the equivalent of eight 55-hour work weeks behind the steering wheel of a car annually, according to the Sierra Club. More driving leads to more air pollution, which can contribute to poor health and smog problems. Obesity is also a problem, people living in suburban areas are more likely to be obese than people living in urban areas, according to the Ontario College of Family Physicians and the American Planning Association. Both studies show that people living in suburban areas tend to rely on their vehicles more often--even for short trips--instead of walking or cycling. This lower level of activity increases the risk of obesity, which can lead to other health problems such as heart disease, high-blood pressure and diabetes.

Effects on the environment

The San Francisco Bay Area, with over 400,000 acres of natural landscape, is one of the nation’s six hotspots for biological diversity, according to the Center for Biological Diversity. The region has a wide variety of plant and animal species; unfortunately, 90 of them, including the California tiger salamander, are listed as endangered or threatened. Rapid development can negatively affect wildlife by tearing down, clearing, or building over its habitat, potentially threatening survival. This is not only a problem in the San Francisco Bay Area; it’s a problem in all of America.Spreading out development also creates water distribution problems and can lead to water overconsumption. A typical low-density community uses more water than a high-density city community. Landscaping is the primary culprit for this excessive use of water, according to the EPA, 30 percent of the water used daily in the United States is devoted to outdoor use.
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The top 10 most sprawling cities in the U.S

  1. Hickory, NC
  2. Atlanta, GA
  3. Clarksville, TN-KY
  4. Prescott, AZ
  5. Nashville, TN
  6. Baton Rouge, LA
  7. Inland Empire, CA
  8. Greenville, SC
  9. Augusta, GA-SC
  10. Kingsport, TN-VA

Wildlife endangered by Urban Sprawls

The San Joaquin Kit Fox,White River Spinedace and the Florida Panther are just a few species of the thousands if not millions of other species that lose their natural habitat, their home because of urban sprawls.
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Urban Sprawl and our lives.

The area of League City isn't affected by urban sprawl yet but that is something that can change very quickly since all cities are subjected to it at some point and the animals are not the only ones that suffer from it, urban sprawls can cause tax increases, traffic increases, impacts on our social lives as we move further and even health issues such as obesity because of all the car travelling, urban sprawls can cause an impact on everyone's lives.
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What causes urban sprawl

The main causes for urban sprawl are lack of planning, rapid population growth, infrastructure improvements and the preference for living in the suburbs.
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How to solve it

Urban sprawl is something that cannot be fixed but that can be improved.Land is more than a commodity from which to profit and exploit. It should be used responsibly.

"Sprawl isn't inevitable. Managing it isn't rocket science. Public officials do it elsewhere. Why not here? You set urban growth boundaries. You invest in alternative forms of transportation. You reinvest in areas already developed. You make developers (instead of taxpayers) pay for new infrastructure." - Edmelynne Villanueva

We could also build parks and utilize the empty areas better.

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