Urban sprawl is a topic that brings about many different views. Most people believe that urban sprawl is destroying many good qualities in our cities. They believe that this brings about many negative effects, and must be slowed down. Much evidence has been presented to prove these beliefs. The problem is that some people believe the opposite. Some people believe that urban sprawl is a natural change and displays how opportunity and preference are good in our society. My hypothesis agrees with these people. Urban sprawl may bring about some changes that are not beneficial. However, the benefits outweigh the costs. I will show in this paper that high levels of sprawl do not bring about lower quality of life in suburbs. I will present literature that defends both sides of the argument. I will then present theoretical evidence that urban sprawl does not degrade suburban quality of life. Finally, I will present a case study that will examine many characteristics of sprawl. I will test my hypothesis and conclude whether high levels of urban sprawl benefit or degrade suburban quality of life.


Moskowitz, Eric


Urban Studies

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis

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