The Rise of Social Isolation in America is a Chief Factor in the Proliferation and Continuation of Suburban Sprawl
In the essay, The Baby Boom and the Age of the Subdivision, author Kenneth Jackson tells about the changes in the nation after World War II ended, and there was a spike in baby births. He talks about the creation of the Levittown suburbs to accommodate families in need of housing because of this. While the new rise of suburbs created a new kind of community and family, it also proved to have a changing effect on inner city areas and certain people.
Have you ever thought about living in the suburbs? Many surveys that were given to Millennials in the last few years suggest that they are wanting to live in the suburbs. This includes those that are living in the cities and those that already live in the suburbs. Those in the city want more space, while those that live in the suburbs want to keep their way of life the way it is. This will change the way the country will function, so the United States can thrive. Kris Hudson, in the article “Many Millennials Yearn for Suburban Homes,” asked the question “Do Millennials want to remain urbanites or eventually relocate to the suburbs?” (A2). This is one of the biggest question asked among demographers
The modern story of developed areas is a move from the inner city to the suburbs. This decentralization of metropolitan areas has left urban areas neglected. Such a transformation has had negative consequences, because it has inherently meant the abandonment of those left behind in urban centers. Furthermore, the issue is complicated by the fact that the distinction between those moving to the suburbs and those left behind has been defined largely by race. As Kain notes,
Richard C. Nelson, the author, is a professor in the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning and the Planning Degree program at the University of Arizona. He has made substantial contributions in real estate analysis and urban growth trends. Nelson also created the term ‘megapolitan’ which he predicts the United States will have over twenty by 2040. These megapolitans are the result of the reverse sprawl and creating major economic centers, which will make America globally competitive. Nelson’s background ties in to many of his ideas in the book, with the main points focusing on demographic changes, housing trends, more space for future jobs and the benefits of reshaping metropolitan America. Changing demographics support the notion that more people are choosing an urban lifestyle over sprawl, which means a higher preference of
Most Americans live in the 324 metropolitan areas of the United States. Even for the 50% of the population who live in the suburbs, problems of the central cities are increasingly common, and some pockets of urban decay have moved outward (Leviton, L. C., Snell, E., & McGinnis, M., 2000 p. 363).
Kotkin, Joel. “Suburbia’s Not Dead Yet.” Latimes.com. Los Angeles Times. 6 July 2008. Web. 23 April 2012.
Mark Clapson. 2003. Suburban Century: Social Change and Urban Growth in England and the USA. Berg. New York.
Urban Sprawl is a certain type of area that will spring up to rural or underdeveloped areas, and can be defined by 3 different types that fall under Urban Sprawl, Leapfrog development, Ribbon development, and Low-density development. All three of these types of Urban Sprawl are associated to one another as they represent a more compact style of living for communities, and have had several and various effects on the American lifestyle. Urban Sprawl has gotten a bad reputation as it has “become he catch phrase for everything that is bad about Urban Growth today.” (Peisner, 2001) But it can be managed effectively it is understood how Urban Sprawl interacts with the evolution of the Urban setting, and how certain laws and opportunities that arise can contribute to the spread of Urban Sprawl across the American landscape.
The original intent of street development in our country appeared to be for the legitimate reasons of postal service and agricultural shipping routes. Not until the automobile industry and economic opportunists got involved did the transportation system in America start to change. The system of buses and streetcars in the cities appeared to be functioning reasonably well. The theory of “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” was not applied here. The auto industry convinced numerous cities to rid their streets of the streetcars and cut back on bus transportation. Overall results were good, for the auto industry. Urban centers started to lose large portions of their downtown populations to urban flight out of the city. The stereotypical suburban style living be...
Kotkin concludes that the diverse minority groups will move to the suburbs although the majority of American citizens live in cities. Cities are shaped by the economy and society that create them. Suburbia is currently the predominant form of American life whose focal point in the development of innovations. To accommodate the next one hundred million will require a change in the environment, technologies and infrastructure. Technology used to be a compliment but now it is a substitute. Kotkin wants to urbanize the underutilization of America’s untapped assets such as low housing cost, quality of schools, a good business climate, and a productive workforce. It is true that economic, technology, and social trends improve productivity and increased wealth but today...
Urban Sprawl is an intricate concept that is mostly known as low density, automobile dependent development beyond the edge of employment and services zones. This type of development is ubiquitous in the United States since the end of World War II. Urban sprawl or suburban sprawl has raised immense number of concerns in various areas, such as: environmental impacts, loss of farmland, traffic problems, urban decline, taxpayer subsidy, loss of community, housing, as well as some unspecific concerns. The objective of this paper is to demonstrate in depth the major reasons that make urban sprawl exorbitant in the aforementioned areas.
Wolff, Geoffrey. “Suburban Suffering.” New York Times. 12 Mar. 2009. n.p. Web. 3 May. 2010.
Urbanization is a type of factor that alters the world’s land surface by people moving from certain areas to another and uses the land to build cities and towns. Urbanization has been around for many years and since then it has increased the human population due to people moving from farms to cities because of healthy environments, cleanliness and safety. However, the growth of urbanization has slowed down because of people moving/living in smaller communities which are known as suburbs. People move to suburbs for more space, cheaper real estate, less crime, economic opportunities, and better schools. But suburban growth has made an impact across the landscape, causing natural areas to disappear as housing developments continue to be constructed