URSP Final Review


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LOOK AT GRAPHICS/ PICTUERS in powerpoints and readings URSP Final Review We’ve Explored the Positives and Negatives of Contemporary Urban Life and How What Is Came to Be The positives? E.g., the excitement of the new Times Square and Paley Park; growth of the arts in DC The negatives? E.g., the post-earthquake struggles in Port au Prince and the inadequate housing of many poor people around the world. Let’s get a bit more specific. .. Review Slide 1 Movement/Change Population explosions: global, urban Why so many people??? In USA: big change in sending countries Why move? Opportunity and escape Industrialization REVIEW SLIDE 1A The USA in 1950 and 2010: Which is better for Social Security and Medicare? Review Slide 2 Movement/Change Urbanization - and global variation Urban growth The centers of most world cities are prized residential locations; different in USA but maybe changing USA: Some cities grow and then decline, e.g., DC, Detroit Sprawl (what were the triggers?) Sustainability: Meet present needs without compromising meeting future need Review Slide 3 Urban Definitions: o urban (remember Louis Wirth)- based on size, density, and heterogeneity, an area with an increased density of human- created structures in comparison to the areas surrounding it, maybe cities, towns or urbations o city- has limits ex. D.C. is a diamond in limits o suburban (flawed term)- an area outside of city limits, but has people who live there that work in the city o exurban o edge city, etc. Urban areas vary, and there is variety within urban areas Rich and poor, and the gap varies across urban areas and countries Neighborhoods: Not = community?? Good neighborhood: what's that? Critical mass sometimes necessary to form neighborhood or support special function (e.g., opera, gay bar) o Get together in large numbers for interaton of common interests Review Slide 3a Why should anyone live in an urban area rather than in the countryside? What is it about an urban area that is appealing – and sometimes necessary – for some (many?) people? With great advances in communication and transportation, might there no longer be a need for urban areas? Note: One of my sons will teach a GVPT class this summer at Maryland while sitting in Nairobi, Kenya! Review Slide 4 Land use (linked with infrastructure) What should go where? Separation changing to mixed use o Ex. College park, college campus plan how to use space Curitiba: density linked to transit o Located in brazil o Buildings are clustered around rapid bus system
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o Homes close to public transportation ( people live around it, more people use it) Infrastructure Transportation ( has an access factor too ex. Curitiba, rapid bus transit), water (remember Mexico City and Lima) and power, etc. Install, maintain ( expensive to maintain), if you have money to access to sweage system etc…
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