Urbanization-Subdivisions and Suburbs Essay

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Growing up in Northern Toronto, it had never occurred to me that the neighbourhood I was living in was planned long before my neighbors or I decided to move and build this a community. As I grew older and I started to notice new “areas” being built I noticed that from afar those hundreds of houses were being built and organized in preparation for hundreds of families. Personally, I am interested in the development of subdivisions and the suburbs due to my family owning a property around the area of Lake Simcoe. It seems as though that with every passing year it takes another few kilometers or minutes to escape the confines of the city due to the growth of the suburbs around Toronto.

Suburbs or outlying districts of cities have been
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Years of maintenance and construction have led to today’s London Metro System, one of the most sophisticated in the world (History, 2014). Aside from the city, the London’s suburbs were built on a model which employed a rectilinear grid and traffic system in order to limit traffic. Victorian suburban planners and developers built using two types of plans; that of a Victorian semi-detached house, a modern day duplex, and Villas for the upper class (Brown, 2004).

While the suburbs continue to grow around the world, the major development in suburban living took place in the United States following the Second World War (Galyean, 2012). Abraham Levitt, an American entrepreneur, decided to establish a planned community in Nassau County, Long Island. Levitt planned on converting former farmland into a suburban community where thousands of individuals could find living space. Approximately, 17,000 identical houses were built and sold or rented to middle income families (Naish, 2014). Among the American population, there was a desire for individual freedom following World War II. One being able to provide a large living space and accumulate material wealth became engrained in the American Dream. Many realized that the suburbs and living in planned sub divisions of land was an affordable option led to the growth of suburbia throughout the late 20th century. These same desires are what allows
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