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Is urban sprawl desirable? For many people the answer is yes. They desire to live near a major city without living in the city. They wish to enjoy the benefits of the arts, sports, and other inner city activities. However, this paper argues that as our cities stretch further into the countryside, valuable natural resources are disappearing. It can even be argued the eastern seaboard from Boston to Washington D.C. is just one large city. The paper shows that there are numerous problems with urban sprawl, including clean water, clean air, housing, overcrowded schools and traffic. As the cities expand, the problems of the inner cities reach into suburbia, such as crime, drugs and gangs. The paper concludes that it is more desirable to live in a friendly small town community with small schools and less traffic than it is to live in a large urban area with all the pitfalls that come with it.
From the Paper:"There are many solutions to the problem of urban sprawl. Politicians and local governments can pass laws requiring houses be set a certain distance apart, and preventing strip malls from cropping up every half mile. Land use laws, requiring developers to put aside a certain amount of land for public parks and recreation can also help. This is a large country. We have plenty of open space and land. There is reason we need to live on top of each other over taxing the land, and causing massive pollution problems."
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Urban Sprawl (2006, April 30) Retrieved July 10, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/argumentative-essay/urban-sprawl-65216/
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