As you may already know, there is a growing problem facing Europe and its inhabitants. Urban sprawl is serious and dangerous for many different cultures, animals, and other important necessities of the continent.
Rome is losing its historic value with new buildings being placed by the ancient ruins. When you go visit the ruins, you probably expect to see what the old Romans built and the history around it; however now-a-days, you can’t get the full picture with new century buildings being placed all around.
Europe has a very diverse continent; there are so many different lifestyles you can’t even name all of them. An estimated 75% of the European population lives in urban areas. With all the historical cities and cultural treasure, Europe is one of the main destinations for tourists.
More than 25% of the European Union’s territory has been affected by urban use. Many scientists infer that by 2020 80% of Europeans will be living in the cities. Some more popular countries will have an even higher percentage. Land inside cities is much harder to buy with the demand so high.
We depend on farming and nature for food. New houses, technology, and tourism are a major problem for cities along with the country-side. With all this new and cooler stuff coming in, cities are being forced to expand. The coasts of many countries now rely on tourism and hotels/motels to bring in money.
Urban sprawl is more likely to occur in cities with a high rate of high-skilled people, high car ownership, climate conditions, and a lively industrial structure.
With cities growing outward this requires more energy, resources, transportation infrastructure, and land. Continuing on resources, when burnt release carbon and other harmful gasses into the atmosphere which create even more environmental issues. To use land, the majority of the times we must first cut down trees or whatever vegetation is around at that time.
The more the people, the more the pollution, waste, road congestion, and greenhouse gas emissions. The majority of these play off each other. Road congestion leads to more cars running at once which releases greenhouse gases into the air. Roads are expected to rise by 40% between 1995 and 2040.
All these lead to rising standards of living, low land prices, and inner-city problems. The way the land is being used and the policies of that explain why urban sprawl is taking a great toll.
With this information, I am currently trying to inform you of the impacts of urban sprawl. The economic, social, and environmental future of these cities and regions depend on us to make a change.
I bring forth a new plan to help control this uncontrollable growth. There should be a new rule (that is enforced) that there is a certain amount of people allowed in a city and certain dimensions. Before a city takes off into being built upon, they must be a premade plan to help prevent too many people living in one area and urban sprawl.
As for cities that urban sprawl is already occurring in, we must make the country-side look more attractive and possibly make the land cheaper. However, to prevent urban sprawl, there must be no suburbs, companies, or industries in the area.