Urban Sprawl

Now I understand the problem with urban growth that is not controlled. When I moved to Oregon 7 years ago I was amazed at how there was no urban sprawl and the communities were all relatively well taken care of. Turned out that Oregon has fairly strict regulations on land development unlike Indiana, my state that I grew up in. I always wondered why they just kept building new housing communities further into the farm lands around the city.

Well on my recent visit home I saw what has happened to the neighborhoods that used to be considered nice. They are falling apart because those communities were not fully incorporated into city services. They were semi private managed by homeowners associations or they were dependent upon their own tax base for infrastructure upgrades. So now I understand why the exodus to the sub-suburbs. The new developments had all of the amenities that people wanted such as good streets, green space and a tax base that provided the best schools. And those left behind really have no options other then hope that they may also be able to move to the burbs. Of course the inner 2 or 3 original suburbs now receive stimulus money to clean them up with the hope that they will repopulate with a solid tax base. Where they really seem to be getting caught now is trying to maintain just minimum levels of infrastructure and services for this massive metropolitan area. Instead of trying to clean up those inner city neighborhoods, maybe we should just return them to farm land and watch a reverse migration occur over the next generation.

About ghsmith76

Greg Smith is currently the Interim CIO at Western Washington University. Prior to WWU Greg was the CIO at Missouri S&T, and before that the CIO for George Fox University in Newberg, OR. Greg went to the Northwest from the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology in Indianapolis, IN. where he served as the Director of IT for 8 years. Prior to the IT career in Academia, Greg was a Systems Consultant with Hewlett-Packard primarily with the Analytical Group working out of San Francisco,Cincinnati and Indianapolis. Greg's passion as a CIO in Higher Education comes from his belief that Technology can benefit Teaching & Learning.

Posted on May 9, 2011, in Personal and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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