A 'new' liveable community.
What is the issue about?
Our issue is about the effects of urban (suburban) sprawl, who is involved with it, and what we could do to reduce or control the negative impacts of it.
Urban sprawl is the spreading of a city or suburbs. It often involves the construction of residential and commercial buildings in rural areas or undeveloped land at the borders of a city. Concerns over urban sprawl have been raised and mostly focus on the negative consequences for residents and the local environment. On the other hand, some argue that it may provide positive growth of a local economy.
Why is this issue a concern to Canadian communities-or even your own community?
Urban sprawl not only affects the land, but also the people and communities in different ways. First, it affects urban residents because they would have to travel in longer distances, and would have to pay an increased amount of tax to fund the developments. For rural residents, they would lose their rural lifestyle, and their agricultural land. This would affect many communities in Canada, and Mississauga because it could jeopardize access to locally produced fruits, vegetables and dairy products for residents. Also, the community would have a lot more air pollution increase due to the developments of the new area.
Who is involved with the issue?
- Local residents who have to deal with the construction
- Businesses that are the ones usually buying and selling the land to plan their developments out to further, to grow their industries and marketing.
- Politicians, who allow businesses to take these land for a price, or use it to expand urbanization or for future ideas
- Environmentalists, who try to stop these constructions from happening, so there would be less pollution, more locally food available for people, and to protect the animals who live on the land
Do their viewpoints differ?
Yes, their viewpoints do differ because half of the people involved (businesses and politicians) look at this as an opportunity to expand urbanization, and to make more money. The other half (environmentalists and residents) thinks it would be harmful for the environment if these constructions happen. Not only harmful to the agricultural land but this would also cause less availability of local foods.
How do you think this issue can be solved?
We believe that revitalizing existing city area can help the issue of urban sprawl be resolved. Reusing urban areas is much better than constructing on suburban and rural areas. Also, constructing on places that have existing infrastructure can be less expensive than developing on an area where there is none. Taxes would stay within growth boundaries and charging the development fees high enough for present residents, can be possible.
How do you think this issue can be solved-any proposed solutions?
What kind of transportation is used in our community?