Urban Sprawl in Florida between 1990 and 2000: An Interpretation Directed toward Teachers

Morton D Winsberg

Abstract


Urban sprawl, here defined as the spread of households from established urban areas nearby onto land of much lower population density per square mile, has contributed to many of the nation's most serious social and environmental problems. An Internet search reveals approximately 126,000 sites in which the term was mentioned, most in a negative way. Despite the frequent and emotional expressions of hostility toward urban sprawl, throughout the nation the process has continued at a high intensity for the last half century, and shows few signs of abating in the near future. The focus here is on urban sprawl in Florida where urban population growth has been enormous, particularly during the last fifty years. The study is directed toward all with concern about the issue, but is most especially written with high school teachers in mind.


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