Geography : Urban Development

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Urban Development

What is the definition of an "edge city"?

Possible Answers:

A city that has been totally abandoned

A large urban area on the edge of a body of water

A large urban area on the border of a large city

A city on the edge of permanent decline

Correct answer:

A large urban area on the border of a large city

Explanation:

Edge cities are secondary commercial centers of urban areas. Examples of edge cities include Mississauga (for Toronto) and Aurora (for Chicago). Cities that have been abandoned are colloquially known as "ghost towns." The other types of cities do not have specific names, and are not considered edge cities.

Example Question #2 : Urban Development

The main type of housing found in a defined suburb is _______________.

Possible Answers:

single-family houses

tenements

multi-family houses

condominiums and apartments

Correct answer:

single-family houses

Explanation:

The defining feature of suburbs, and the appeal for many people who move to them, is that they are dominated by single-family houses. This means suburbs, outer districts of urban areas, have lower population density and higher overall per capita wealth. These factors also lead to better government services and higher quality of local education. Detached single-family housing is a massive draw for population groups with the income to sustain them.

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