Urban trends since World War II are marked by exurban migration, urban sprawl, urban blight, and a growing dependence on cars. Describe these trends and how they are all related.
Urban sprawl is at the root of many environmental problems. List and describe these problems.
Urban sprawl is giving way to "smart growth" in many communities. What is being done to rein in urban sprawl?
Exurban migration set into motion a vicious cycle of urban decline. Describe the factors involved in this cycle. What is economic exclusion?
Many cities around the world are attractive and livable. What are the characteristics that make a city livable?
The UN's Sustainable Cities Program and the work of the U.S. Council on Sustainable Development are working toward establishing sustainable communities. Describe these programs.
Environmental decision making is strongly influenced by values. What are some values that may be employed by people to promote stewardship and sustainability?
Changes in lifestyles are vital to sustainability. What are the most important changes? How can people best become involved in working toward building a sustainable society?
The concept of "smart growth" has recently emerged as a method of reining in urban sprawl. What is meant by this term?