Editor Debra A. Miller has compiled essays that examine urban sprawl, including if urban sprawl harms the environment, if it contributes to the decline of cities, and how to restrict it. Each chapter presents an important question about the subject, and the opinions that follow are grouped into yes and no categories. By evaluating contrasting opinions, readers can attain an objective knowledge of the subject. Fact boxes are included to summarize important information for researchers.
ContentsChapter overview / Environmental Literacy Council
Urban sprawl causes a host of problems for U.S. communities / Don DeGraaf, Jill Lankford, and Sam Lankford
Urban sprawl destroys habitat and farmland and harms biodiversity / Cynthia Berlin
Urban sprawl is partially to blame for the nation's obesity problem / Brian Johnson
Urban sprawl also afflicts developing countries / Neha Menon
Urban sprawl is the American dream / Rachel Dicarlo
Many suburbs are neighborhoods that provide good places to live / Terry O'Neill
Concerns about urban sprawl are class-based objections to middle-class developments / Robert Bruegmann
Some criticisms of urban sprawl are not supported by serious research / Samuel R. Staley and Matthew Hisrich
Urban sprawl is a major environmental concern / Clean Water Action Council
There is a clear connection between urban sprawl and air pollution / Matt Weiser
Urban sprawl threatens the nation's water supplies / Brian Johnson
Urban sprawl is threatening some of the most endangered wildlife / Eddie Nickens
Urban sprawl is contributing to global warming / Worldwatch Institute
Urban sprawl and automobiles cause fewer environmental problems than many people think / Ted Balaker and Sam Staley
There is no crisis over disappearing farmland or open-space / Owen Courrèges
Urban sprawl in some cases can help farmers / Wayne Wenzel
Urban sprawl may not be so bad for wildlife / Space Daily
Urban sprawl has impoverished U.S. cities / Olga Bonfiglio
Bigger, older cities continue to lose populations / Associated Press
Inner cities continue to decline economically / Daniel Muniz
Urban sprawl is an inherent part of urbanization / Witold Rybczynski
Urban sprawl has kept housing prices affordable in cities that have not tried to restrict suburban growth / Wendell Cox
Smart growth developments are effective and becoming commonplace in U.S. cities / Mark Alden Branch
The city of Portland, Oregon, provides an example of successful smart growth policies / Mass Market Retailers
Smart growth solutions are better at slowing urban sprawl than population control strategies / Sierra Club
Smart growth works best when directed away from ecologically sensitive areas / Defenders of Wildlife
Smart growth is a threat to the American dream / Wendell Cox
The smart growth/new urbanism policies have many problems, even in Portland, Oregon / Kennedy Smith
Population control is essential to stopping urban sprawl / NumbersUSA.
Cities and towns
Land use, Rural.
Land use, Urban.
|Publisher|| Detroit :Greenhaven Press/Gale, Cengage Learning,2008
Miller, Debra A.
201 pages ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-193) and index.