EFFECTS OF URBAN SPRAWL
Meta description: Urban sprawl refers to the expansion and unrestricted growth of the population in poorly planned land. Its characteristics include poor housing, an inadequate supply of water, electricity, and high dependency on automobile transportation because of added distance. Discussed below are a few outcomes of urban sprawl, also known as suburban.
This is one of the most hazardous effects of urbanization. Contamination comes from every angle and it includes air and water pollution. For example, rainwater picks up construction site erosion, pet, and human waste, paint spills, and even lawn chemicals. It is also unfortunate that some industries dump their waste into the rivers and oceans, causing the death of sea life. Vehicles are the common source of air pollution, which causes serious problems for everyone health-wise and wildlife too.
• Poor standards of living
Settling in the urban areas is a luxury desired by many and for this reason, many do not mind living in cheap poor housing or using limited resources like water and food. This degrades their standards of living.
• Distance transportation /costs /car dependency and traffic jam
Urbanization leads to stretching out of land further into the rural areas. This means housing rapidly increases for the settlement of people. Accessing shared social necessities becomes a task since traveling cost counts owing to the distance. Indefinitely interminable distances require means of transportation like cars. Traffic jams occur from a tremendous number of vehicles on the road.
• Loss of agricultural capacity
Interested parties promptly turn land initially used for agriculture into industries or construction sites to create a business job and farm it cuts production.
• Loss of social amenities
For the greed of wealth and corrupt business persons, social places like parks and open spaces convert to business projects.
• Overcrowded schools
Because of the rising competition in the development and growth of organizations, many supporting institutions have channeled resources to business development instead of community development, like building new schools to meet the demand of an increased number of children. This results in overcrowding of classes.