What is Urban Geography?. A sub-discipline of geography It examines the places we live, the structure of our cities, and the pattern of cities on the landscape Topics we ’ ll cover in this unit: The history of urban areas (cities) City placement Primate cities Urban sprawl Smart growth
When and Why Did People Start Living in Cities?
1. An agricultural surplus
2. Social stratification
(a leadership class)
Made possible by:
-A city that is disproportionately larger than the rest of the cities in the country.
-They dominate country in influence & are national focal-point
-Size and activity are a strong pull factor
-Not every country has a primate city
-Examples: Paris, London, Mexico City
-Big box stores
-Numerous housing developments
- some are concerned over privatization of public spaces
Example: Celebration, FL
public transit system