The dream for many families is to live in a place with a fairly-large house and a chunk of land. A kitchen, bathroom, living room, several bed rooms, basement, closets, and dining room are made for the inside for everybody to use while there’s a front yard, sidewalk, drive way, back yard, garage, shed, and sometimes a pool outside. This is the American Dream that many people wish to have (Mitchell 1). The opportunity like this for many families allows them to start a life together and grow each day which is beneficial. However, the amount of land that many want is not resourceful and does lead to sprawl. The dream of having a large house has the downside of increasing sprawl in suburban areas.
Some of the downsides of sprawl include claiming farmland, forest, and undeveloped land at a growing rate and keeping people in the car longer (Mitchell 2). The first issue is a major problem because land has to be sacrificed for more people to live in suburban areas to have the dream life they want. On top of that, the population increases each year which requires additional development as well just to accommodate for that. If each family is to be entitled to an acre of land, then houses would be spread out even farther than they need to be. The second issue is driving more. As sprawl increases, the distance from a home to a collector road will increase which adds more time in the car, and gasoline is used up.
This picture can explain why sprawl doesn’t have adequate resource management. Houses are spread out from each other, and many streets have cul-de-sacs which require drivers to leave before getting on an actual road. As houses are more spread out, drivers have to drive more just to leave neighborhoods. If this pattern continues, potential land that is allowed for development will eventually run out which could result into extinguishing animals, plants, and trees. In addition, gasoline will be used up even more if sprawl keeps going. If sprawl isn’t controlled, resources will run out. However, some solutions include to redevelop areas in need of redevelopment or transfer people to urban areas. Even though many people want to have their own land and home, it is not feasible for every single person to be entitled to it.
Mitchell, John G. “Urban Sprawl.” National Geographic. Web. 3 Nov. 2014. <http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/habitats/urban-sprawl/#page=1>.