By: Elizabeth M Young
It is human nature to grieve over the conversion of beautiful open space into a concrete laden conglomeration of strip malls, housing developments, streets and dubious architecture. Even when the land in question is of no use for farming or grazing, the encroachment of built...
The pros and cons of planned communities
By: Judith Willson
Planned communities are carefully thought out new towns or developments on previously undeveloped sites. All the building and organisation is planned before development begins. This is in contrast to how towns and cities usually develop, which is more organic and ad hoc. Planned communities exist...
By: Judith Willson
Love them or hate them, the United States is packed with strip malls. They are relatively small shopping centres with the stores arranged in a row, and plenty of parking. Strip malls are particularly common in residential areas, usually on main road intersections. Shopping malls...
Biology Culture Arts Animals Symbiosis
By: Christyl Rivers
Man alone has culture? In the Helium debate, presumably taken only by humans, (despite the fondness your cat may have for the keyboard); the idea that many animals have culture is far and away in the lead. Looking deep into nature, as Albert Einstein suggested...
By: Judith Willson
Increasing suburbanistation from the 1940s onwards led to increasing racial segregation and intensified class divides. The two are linked and the root cause is the same. Particular groups of people would move into the suburbs, and others wouldn’t. This intensified each group’s sense...
Criticisms of urban sprawl
By: Judith Willson
Many of the problems associated with urban sprawl can be mitigated during the planning stage, or by residents and authorities afterwards. The main criticisms usually fall into one of the following areas, and they nearly always have solutions: Aesthetic concerns The first criticism most people...
How to design a walkable neighborhood
By: Judith Willson
If you are involved in the planning process of a new development then designing a walkable neighbourhood might be high on your list of priorities. With fuel prices shooting up, people wishing to move away from dependence on oil, and growing concern about the environment...
What is new urbanism?
By: Judith Willson
New urbanism is a design movement which began in the 1980s in response to the rapidly increasing urban sprawl in the United States. Taking its inspiration from developments done before the rise of the automobile it promotes mixed, walkable communities that are easy on the...
The hidden cost of living in the suburbs: Transportation
By: Judith Willson
Before moving to the suburbs most people have a good idea of how their cost of living will change. Mortgage payments, tax, even home energy and maintenance are taken into account. However there are substantial hidden costs that come with a suburban lifestyle, and the...
Corporate crime explained
By: Dinesh Eswaranathan
Government crimes are very common throughout the world. These crimes are committed by well known politicians and other members of the parliament. Most of the times the members of the parliament tend to use the money towards their personal use, which causes problems for the...

 

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