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Urban Sprawl/Overcrowding

Geography Issues

Shannon Chao

on 20 August 2013

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photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli
Urban Sprawl and Overcrowding
What is Urban Sprawl/Overcrowding
Dictionary Definition
~ "the uncontrolled spread of urban development into neighboring regions."
- the fast expansion of a city into rural areas around the city
- a dense amount of people in a small area, meaning that the ratio of people to a certain place is big to small.

It ends up being a snowball effect- when the area becomes popular, more people will travel there and want to live there. Therefore, the area just keeps growing bigger and bigger.
- When there is a abundance of people in a condensed area.
What effects on the environment has urban sprawl been linked to?
~ More pollution
~ More poverty
~ Higher crime rates, drug dealing, stealing
~ Tourism
~ Production, resources (either abundant or scarce)
~ Inflation- resources are in demand
~ More jobs
~ Gum on the streets
~ Unhappy people
Spending more money
Why does overcrowding affect plant growth
Since we have to use more space for cities, this means less room for crops which results in less food production. Plants would be removed just to put a sky high skyscraper in its place. All of the pollution from the urban area would stunt the plant growth and all of the plants would eventually die of unclean air.
How is pollution affecting what we see?
~ Gum on the street floors and walls
~ Light pollution
~ Graffiti/tagging
~ Losing natural wonders/aesthetics
What geographical theme(s) impact this topic the most?
How the 5 themes of geography apply to our topic
Human-Environmental Interactions
The theme that impacted this topic the most was the human-environmental interactions. We caused urban sprawl and over crowding.
Building, construction
Pollution, littering
Everything that is happening in urban sprawl is the human race's fault
We cut down trees to make unecessarily large houses and buildings
These trees are small animal's home
People have to travel to go to major urban areas to deliver goods, this could create even more tourism and overcrowding
Human characteristics
Tall buildings (i.e. apartments, offices)
Corporate headquarters
Landmark buildings
~ "Fine City"
~ Overcrowded
~ Small Country
Due to Singapore's small territory and large population, certain laws had to be enforced (thus the nickname, "Fine City". The streets are usually packed with busses and taxis. Due to the overcrowding, people will have to pay if they don't have a full car between certain times (early mornings and mid evenings). This is to prevent even more overcrowding on the streets.
Usually in the regions where there are smaller countries they are the most crowded and over populated.
Urban sprawl usually have landmarks because they're so popular. Their landmarks are usually statues, momuments, or certain buildings. Referring back to Singapore, they have a statue called the Merlion. In the neighboring counrty, there are the Twin (Petronas) Towers in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.
New Jersey
New Jersey is the most overcrowded area in the US. There are 1,143 people per square mile. According to the Rowan University Department of Geography and Rutgers University Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis, "New Jersey is developing at the rate of 16,600 acres per year. This is the equivalent of 41 football fields of new growth everyday".
Because Singapore is overcrowded, it's hard to live there since it's mostly full and even renting apartments are expensive. For example, renting a room NOT AN APARTMENT would be $300-500 for a month. This is because everybody wants to live in the city.
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Rosenberg, Matt. "Largest Metropolitan Area." About.com. N.p., 22 July 2009. Web. 12 Nov. 2012.

"Top Ten Most Densly Populated." Map. Mapsoftheworld.com. N.p., Summer 2011. Web. 12 Nov. 2012.

Wisor, Jason. "Geography Intro, The Five Themes of Geography." 3rd Period. Kent. 9 Nov. 2012. Lecture.

"Urban Sprawl." Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com, n.d. Web. 7 Nov. 2012.

"How Singapore Upped the Ante on Liveability." Green Prospects Asia – Connecting Sustainable Businesses. N.p., 1 Nov. 2011. Web. 13 Nov. 2012.
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