What is Urban Sprawl?



What is urban sprawl? Urban sprawl is the uncontrolled expansion of urban areas. The end result is the spreading of a city and its suburbs over more and more rural areas. Unfortunately an increasingly common feature of the built environment in the United States and other industrialized nations.


Urban sprawl cuts off neighborhoods in a manner where the inhabitants are bound to be reliant on their cars even for their day-to-day needs. Sprawl is also expensive to a city that has to provide basic amenities like sidewalks, streets, and fire stations to these communities. The urban planning is so poor that it is not sustainable. That is why having organizations like CDFW and even your own neighborhood association are so important in urban communities.