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Less than a decade ago people would have guessed that cities were made to accommodate people Neighborhoods were once designed to support comfort and relaxation Parks were a place where people could once go to play and not a place for a lawmaker to say See See There is a place to go and get exercise And where parents actually went outside and played with their own children instead of paying someone else to do it All of these once upon a time norms were just that norms Today in America it is very rare that one looks out his or her window and doesnt see a person staring back with a weird stare For some this may not be a bad thing but for most the gazing eyes of a neighbor do not bring much comfort This massive decrease in back yard square footage is the result of nothing more than urban sprawl In order to understand how urban sprawl is working one must first understand what it is Websters defines sprawl as To be spread out carelessly Add that to urban meaning a city area and you have the careless spread of at city area or urban sprawl The effects and causes of urban sprawl have been debated and argued since the beginning of the suburban neighborhood NASA has traced the beginning of the urban sprawl in America to a time around the 1950s sciencenasagov It credits the spread of the suburbs to a post-war prosperity when housing developments popped up across the landscape like mushrooms after a rain sciencenasagov To put it in a 19-year-olds words after World War II people began moving out of the cities and into nice new suburban neighborhoods Possibly to get away from all the chaos and stress that comes with living in a dense urban area Ever since this population migration out of the cities and into the open space people have been questioning whether or
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