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environmental, social, and economic impacts of urban sprawl

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Introduction:
We live at a turning point. Beginning in the year 2007, for the first time in human history, more people will live in the urban areas than in rural areas.

Tasks:
Evaluate the causes of the spread of suburbs and of the environmental, social, and economic impacts of sprawl. Overall, do you think the spread of urban and suburban development, which many people label sprawl, is predominantly a good thing or a bad thing? Do you think it is inevitable? Give reasons for your answer.

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Urban sprawl is considered a major problem environmentally. So, if you believe that environmental conservation is important, it is a bad thing. In order to support your answer, you need to do some research.

Here is a good source of information regarding the reasons for urban sprawl:
http://greeneconomics.blogspot.com/2006/03/benefits-of-sprawl.html
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