Why cities are spreading to the countryside

18Feb12

SPRAWL REVISITED, PART 1

Where there is urban congestion, plans and more plans to build more roads, highways and transport infrastructure would not be too far behind.

This has always been the trend because governments see expansion as the natural — and as if the only — solution to urban congestion. But more roads leading to the suburbs – and further into the exurbs — lure more people to live there, and with more residents come more urban development over an ever expanding area.

For a detailed view of this graphic, click here for a PDF.

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In 1999, the Toronto Star published a special series on Greater Toronto’s urban sprawl problem, an alarming trend phenomenon that threatened to upset the delicate urban-rural balance of North America’s fourth largest metropolitan area by bringing cities, and with them congestion and pollution, to the Southern Ontario countryside.

For a detailed view of this graphic,click here for a PDF.

Design and graphics by Alfred Elicierto. Published in the Toronto Star in 1999.

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