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Urbanization Article

Urbanization has brought with it many new issues that city planners must tackle to sustain quality of life for residents and to reduce the impact of a large concentration of people on the local environment. Transportation, communication systems, waste disposal, water management, and energy resources are just some of the concerns a city planner needs to address in order to keep the urban environment sustainable and livable. In this Discussion, you will consider some of these issues and examine the similarities and differences of urban growth between developed nations and less-developed nations.

To prepare for this Discussion:

• Review pp. 267??”274 in Environmental Science, and the Department of City Planning sites for New York http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/home.html and Los Angeles http://cityplanning.lacity.org/,
• Imagine you are an urban planner. Choose three urban-growth issues to research and resolve in regard to sustaining an urban environment.
• Consider the differences you might face when addressing these three issues in a developed nation compared to addressing them in a less-developed nation.
• Reflect on which of these three issues is most important, and rank them first, second, and third in a city in a developed nation. How might your ranking choices change for a city in a less-developed nation?
With these thoughts in mind:

Compose a 2 page, double spaced paper consisting of the three issues you identified as associated with urban growth, and the priority you assigned each one. Explain the reasons for your prioritization and how you would resolve these issues in a developed nation and in a less-developed nation.

Be sure to support your ideas by connecting them to this week’s Learning Resources or to something you have read, heard, seen, or experienced. Be sure to use at least 2 scientific APA-formatted references for full credit.

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