***** NOT A TEACHER *****
(1) You already know what a suburb is. It might be helpful to remember that "sprawl" means something like "spread."
(2) I live in Los Angeles, an excellent example of "suburban sprawl."
(a) Before World War II (1939 - 1945), most people lived in an area that was legally the "city." People lived in neighborhoods of
that city, people worked in the city, and they often went downtown (the center of the city) for shopping or entertainment.
(b) Then after World War II, many people started leaving the city. Maybe they kept their city jobs, but they moved to remote
areas of the city or even outside the legal limits of the city. Why?
(i) The farther out you went, the cheaper the land was. You could build a bigger house for less money. After World War II,
many soldiers wanted to start families and have kids. (Also, there were other reasons why people started leaving the cities,
but I am not allowed to discuss certain sensitive matters here.)
(3) Today we say that the legal city of Los Angeles has about 4,000,000 people living within its borders. But about 6,000,000
people live in suburbs that surround L.A. Many drive two to three hours from their suburban homes to their jobs in Los Angeles
city (or vice versa).
(4) From what I have read, "suburban sprawl" has affected all of the big cities in the world. As people start moving to the cities
from the countryside (farms), they cannot afford to live in the city, so they have to find living quarters in areas near the city.
That means driving (or taking public transportation) for hours to get to work and then to get back home at night. I am sure
that you seen pictures of the famous "freeways" of Los Angeles. They started building them after World War II in order to make
travel time faster between the city and the suburbs.
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