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The Land Use Trend of Urban Sprawl
An analysis of the land use trend of urban sprawl in the Greater Golden Horseshoe.
# 134056 | 2,250 words | 11 sources | APA | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2007 in Environmental Studies (Urban Issues) , Canadian Studies (General)

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This paper examines a number of media discussions of urban sprawl in the Greater Golden Horseshoe region in the context of scholarly analyses of this phenomenon. The thesis is argued that urban sprawl must be understood in terms of an economic geography analysis that would not only explain the factors contributing to this trend, but also explain its costs in environmental terms as well as its implications for continuing change in land use and economic development in terms of Weberian locational principles. As is seen, the acceleration of urban sprawl risks transforming the equations that have fostered economic growth across the region. The paper shows how unchecked sprawl may result in congestion and increasing transportation costs that, if not addressed by political and business leading, may throttle economic development in the region in the years to come.

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"Arguably no land use trend in the Greater Golden Horsehoe region has received more media attention in recent years than has urban sprawl. However, one of the defining characteristics of media representations of this issue has been the tendency of media to focus on isolated aspects of this trend - i.e., the loss of farm land to development or the environmental degradation of the Oak Ridges Moraine - without explaining the broader economic forces that contribute to this trend. In the absence..."

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