LAR-322_Sprawl-Notes

LAR-322_Sprawl-Notes - Sprawl Notes LAR 322: Environmental...

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Sprawl Notes – LAR 322: Environmental Issues & Ethics, lrs Thought Questions related to Wright (2008, chap. 23) and the “Subdivide and Conquer” video: To some people the most desirable and practical future seems to involve spreading out the human population over the landscape in low density housing. Will this work? What are the forces that govern urban blight and exurban migration? How and why does the Highway Trust Fund tend to reinforce sprawl? One of the detrimental effects associated with urban sprawl is the loss of agricultural land to development. Can you think of ways (legislative or otherwise) to avoid this problem while still allowing some development? Do you agree with the Wight’s point of view that the only possible way to sustain the global population will be to have “viable resource-efficient cities, leaving the countryside for agriculture and natural ecosystems”? If not, do you have an alternative solution? Per http://www.sprawlwatch.org/ (click on “Environment”): “Historically, environmentalists have treated various harms to the natural environment as semi-sovereign domains. Air pollution is treated as unrelated to habitat destruction, which has little to do with soil erosion, etc. In recent years, however, there has been a growing realization that all of these harms are interconnected and critically related to land use practices.” Ten Things Wrong with Sprawl
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