This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The Affects Of Urban Sprawl Essay

1413 words - 6 pages

Have you ever had a dream of moving outside the city and living with your wife, husband or kids with about an acre of land. Well if your dream becomes reality, than you are participating in Urban Sprawl. Urban Sprawl is the expanding of a city over its rural land with single-family homes in low-density neighborhoods. Low-density neighborhoods, with no transportation options are increasing energy costs. My cure is multiple story housing inside the city. Urban Sprawl is negative, because it causes bad health and environmental effects on society.
Urban Sprawl can cause bad health conditions such as obesity, which is linked to diabetes and can shorten the life expectancy of a person. 78% of Americans do not meet basic activity level recommendations and there has been a 76% increase in Type II diabetes in adults 30-40 years old since 1990 in America (Collins). In 1962, research statistics showed that the percentage of obesity in America’s population was at 13%. By 1980 it has risen to 15% -- by 1994 to 23% -- and by the year 2000 the obesity progression in America had reached an unprecedented 31% (American Sports Data). Now, over a 20 year period (1970-1990), the 100 largest Urbanized Areas in the United States sprawled out over an additional 14,545 square miles. That was more than 9 million acres of natural habitats, farmland, and other rural space (Key Statistics Of Urban Sprawl). As you can see, as Urban Sprawl increases, so does obesity. With all this land being converted to cities and neighborhoods, the natural environment is being destroyed. Where do all the animals go that used to live in this space? They are just left to die off or live in a more dense population somewhere that has not been developed yet. By cities expanding and neighborhoods moving farther and farther apart, the only traffic option left is to drive a personal vehicle. In turn more traffic is being created and more pollution occurs. A single car emits 20.4 pounds of carbon dioxide per a gallon of gasoline (Bluejay). With the distance between cities and homes increases, means more time spent in transportation. Time is a valuable thing that cannot be given back. So, instead of spending time with your family or doing your favorite hobby, your time is spent listening to the radio in your car.
All of these negative effects are from a cause. Obesity is caused by many actions; one action is not acting enough through exercise or other calorie burning activities. A person could also have an unhealthy diet. Increasing the time in your car to get to other places would decrease the time available for exercise. Also, with this decrease in time, your time to make a healthy meal for your family or yourself decreases. In turn you make a fast stop at a fast food restaurant. However with this easy, made to go meal brings a decrease in your health. Let’s just face it - fast food is not the best thing for you. Say you stop at McDonalds to get a quick meal. I am going to...

Find Another Essay On The Affects of Urban Sprawl

The Affects of Marijuana Essay

738 words - 3 pages The Affects of Marijuana How would you feel if you couldn’t think clearly? Or you weren’t able to make decisions on your own? These are possible effects while smoking Marijuana. Many people believe that Marijuana isn’t bad for you and should be legal in the United States. But that is where many people would be wrong. I believe that Marijuana should be kept illegal for these specific reasons. First Marijuana users develop an overall change

The Affects of Games Essay

2361 words - 10 pages games and violent behavior/ criminal acts. That being said many of these researchers do not let their children play these types of game. In conclusion even though games such as GTA do not give a good impression to the youth who tend to play them, it has not been proved that it affects them negatively to the point of them doing criminal acts. However, it is noticeable that a lot of younger teens and children play these games like GTA and COD

The History of Urban Planning

961 words - 4 pages Evidence of urban planning exists since antiquity. In ancient Greece the first settlements grew to be cities were following no particular urban plans mainly with the exception of their acropolises. However excess population growth in these city states lead to the colonization wave of the mediterranean during what is known as classical antiquity. The colonies were founded by their metropolises after carefully selecting their locations, providing

The Necessity of Urban Farming

1238 words - 5 pages Backyard gardening has always been popular to obtain fresh and nearly free produce in the urban landscape. However with the concerns over GMO (genetically modified foods) as well as pesticide use, and simply the cost of fresh produce in these hard economic times backyard gardening is giving way to a trend towards urban farming. This trend is not as carefree as the traditional backyard garden and begs that more organic means of pest and weed

The Affects of Childhood Cancer

2203 words - 9 pages When one hears the word “cancer”, thoughts about how their previous life is about to change cloud the mind, but when one hears the word cancer for their child, it is a whole different outlook; the affects of childhood cancer are not only taken on by the patients, but also by their families; the affects can range from emotionally to physically, socially to financially, and even educationally. “Childhood cancer is considered rare, especially

The Urban Legend of the Backseat Murderer

1038 words - 4 pages The Backseat Murderer A good urban legend is like a good movie. It unfolds perfectly and it appeals to the audience’s hopes, fears, and anxieties. The urban legend I am about to describe was told by a first year female biology major at the University. She is of Indian descent and both her parents work in the biotechnology field. I collected this story on a Sunday night in the dorm. The fact that it was nighttime helped create the proper mood

Pattern of Urban Development along the Expressway

2033 words - 9 pages concentration instead of sprawl etc. These studies are based on a combination of city and countryside. Three spatial designers and/or researchers; George R. Collins (art- and architecture historian), C.F.J. Whebell (geographer) and C. Doxiadis (architect/urban designer) who were actively involved in the discussion on corridor development during the 1960’s are studied. Each of them has studied the concept of corridor development, from their different

The Native Perspective of Urban Education

1200 words - 5 pages educational woes. Consider recent economic researches that indicate home ownership in communities produces long-term economic growth and instills emotional benefits of security, stability, and a genuine sense of pride. Needless to mention, the factor of home ownership is lagging in poorer urban and rural communities. One of the most important social overtones of home ownership is how it affects children. Home ownership has proven that children

The importance of urban trees to mankind

1441 words - 6 pages Trees are one of the capital assets in natural and have potential for long life as a memorial. Trees will change their colour, size and shape in different seasons. Urban trees mean tree grow within a city, town or a suburb. Each tree can make an important contribution to urban area. Urban trees are community’s infrastructure like streets, hospitals, public buildings and sidewalks. Urban trees and forests are very important in cities because

The Special Successful Pattern of Urban Outfitters

4860 words - 19 pages 1. IntroductionIn Urban Outfitters flagship store of Philadelphia, manager Laura O'Conner is showing a skirt which printed with pattern of sheep to customers. What is worth showing off is not that this skirt has any unique place in the design but the material of this skirt. It comes from a sheet.This Urban Outfitters flagship shop attracts a lot of young people every week. It is only a very rational excuse to buy the clothes. In fact what they

Urban Development and the Desertification of Bangalore

6806 words - 27 pages Bangalore the ’Garden City’ of India; situated at an altitude of 920 m above mean sea level. Bangalore enjoys a salubrious climate all round the year as the summer temperature ranges from 18° C to 38° C while the winter temperature ranges from 12° C to 25° C (Santosh Kr. Singh, 2009; Sudhira, Ramachandra, & Bala Subrahmanya, 2007). The settlements around the city have a recorded history that dates at least as far back as the 5th century. Urban

Similar Essays

Urban Sprawl And The Automobile Essay

1931 words - 8 pages Urban Sprawl and the Automobile Urban sprawl is a widespread concern that impacts land use, transportation, social and economic development, and most importantly our health. Poorly planned development is threatening our health, our environment and our quality of life. Sprawl is blamed for many things such as asthma and global warming, flooding and erosion, extinction of wildlife, and most importantly the public health such as social

The Urban Sprawl Effect On Regionalism

856 words - 3 pages Canada is a nation perceived by the world as a unified democratic society. However, the country is divided into separate entities. These entities make up six distinct regions, all of which are richly diverse. Throughout the years, regionalism has proven to be a strain on the country’s foundation stemming from issues surround immigration. As the population grows, Canada must address regional issues, such as the urban sprawl on a federal level

A Solution To The Foreclosure Crisis: Stopping Urban Sprawl

1237 words - 5 pages down housing values in communities. With higher housing values more people will feel more confident that the housing market is returning to normal. All in all, the market will begin to return to what it was. To add to the effectiveness of this legislation, there should be a cap on sprawl. Meaning no new homes may be built where population density is below 250 people per square mile. There should only be houses built in areas of high

The Dangerous Sprawl Of The Suburbs

1081 words - 5 pages published in 2002 “The Demographic Trends of the 20th Century.” In the 20th century, the American population grew from 76 million to 281 million, with 80% of the 281 million living in urban areas. It is the suburbs that represented the largest degree of growth. Suburbia houses over 50% of the American people (Hobbs et al., 2014). While providing high quality housing for millions of people across North America, the sprawl of Suburbia has harmed the