Most people around the world today live in cities, whether that is a city of 50,000 people or a city of 10 million or more people. The geography of urbanization is complex; we see different urbanization patterns in different parts of the world, in different parts of our own country, and even within our local areas. For example, in the United States, we are actually seeing population decline in some cities (such as former industrial cities in the Rust Belt, like Buffalo and Detroit), while there is still an overall pattern of population increase in cities in the United States (and as you know, around the world). We also see spatial patterns within cities – such as where different land use activities (for example, residential, industrial, commercial) et cetera are located (as you learned about in the models of urban form). Urban planning and design is a major field that employs geographers. Because geographers are experts at understanding the importance of location to human activities, they have particularly valuable contributions to make when determining how and where cities should grow.
With little physical/environmental barriers (such as rivers or mountains) Dallas (and Houston, also) continues to grow outwards from its central downtown core.
“Most metropolitan areas of the western United States are spread over large areas with regular street grid patterns that are highly recognizable from space (particularly at night). The northern Dallas metro area in Texas exhibits this pattern… The north-south and east-west grid of major streets is highlighted by orange lighting, which lends a fishnet-like appearance to the urban area. Smaller residential and commercial buildings give green-gray stipple patterns to some blocks.
The airplane terminals of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport are lit with golden-yellow lights and surrounded by relatively dark runways and fields. Likewise, the runways of Dallas Love Field are recognizable by their darkness. Other dark areas within the metro region are open space, parks, and water bodies. Larger commercial areas, as well as public and industrial facilities, appear as brilliantly lit regions and points…
Dallas is part of the larger Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Statistical Area (population 6,526,548 in 2011), as recognized by the U.S. Census Bureau. To most Texans, it is simply “DFW” or “the Metroplex.” Several of the larger urban areas within DFW are visible in this image; Dallas, Garland, and Richardson all have populations above 100,000…”
Think like a geographer.
Think about the cities, large and small, that you have visited. Do they share any spatial patterns in their development and where different land uses are located? For example, is there a common theme about where that city’s airport (if it’s large enough to have an airport) is located? And what are the land uses near that airport? What about where the residential areas are located- are there any common patterns?
Now, consider the differences in the geography of these cities(Large and the small )? How much is this internal geography a function of the environmental setting in which that city is located?
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