Presentation Title

Why Grass? Grasses' Impacts and Effects in the Urban and Suburban Setting

Presenter Information

Brandon LiFollow

Faculty Mentor

Brian Kennedy, Derek Milne

Start Date

17-11-2018 2:15 PM

End Date

17-11-2018 2:30 PM

Location

C327

Session

Oral 3

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

interdisciplinary

Abstract

Grass. Everyone wants a piece of it, whether it be one, two, or more football fields worth of it. A luscious front lawn surrounded by a few trees or flower gardens depicts the perfect home and represents the American dream. However, expansive front yards and backyards pose important problems and issues that are gradually coming into fruition. These include suburban sprawl and gentrification as well as inequality and stress on public welfare and services. Closely related is quality of life. This project will examine exactly how much grass has contributed to the problems. Front yards and backyards take up a lot of space and are a significant contributor to suburban sprawl and gentrification. Suburban sprawl and gentrification have been major problems facing population-growing cities. Low-density living causes dramatic increases in prices for housing and new development pushes out original residents, contributing to homelessness among other consequences. The addition of grass only worsens the problems as space reserved for grass could otherwise be used for better purposes. This project will be using open source data for analysis by the average situation and specific case studies. Finally, we will be looking at alternatives and possible solutions to the problems posed. One possibility is to look at exemplary examples around the world. Advocacy and awareness as well as public institutions leading by example are important too.

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Nov 17th, 2:15 PM Nov 17th, 2:30 PM

Why Grass? Grasses' Impacts and Effects in the Urban and Suburban Setting

C327

Grass. Everyone wants a piece of it, whether it be one, two, or more football fields worth of it. A luscious front lawn surrounded by a few trees or flower gardens depicts the perfect home and represents the American dream. However, expansive front yards and backyards pose important problems and issues that are gradually coming into fruition. These include suburban sprawl and gentrification as well as inequality and stress on public welfare and services. Closely related is quality of life. This project will examine exactly how much grass has contributed to the problems. Front yards and backyards take up a lot of space and are a significant contributor to suburban sprawl and gentrification. Suburban sprawl and gentrification have been major problems facing population-growing cities. Low-density living causes dramatic increases in prices for housing and new development pushes out original residents, contributing to homelessness among other consequences. The addition of grass only worsens the problems as space reserved for grass could otherwise be used for better purposes. This project will be using open source data for analysis by the average situation and specific case studies. Finally, we will be looking at alternatives and possible solutions to the problems posed. One possibility is to look at exemplary examples around the world. Advocacy and awareness as well as public institutions leading by example are important too.