APHG Unit 7: Urbanization



For the purpose of this webquestt, let's pretend you are a city planner working a big-name company, GarriottCo, that consults on urban planning projects. Your company has just landed a HUGE contract with the Danielleese government. They have seen the company's work and they decided they need your company's help planning a brand-new city. Your boss has decided that she wants to make sure all the city planners are well versed in all the urban models. So, she asks you to put together a portfolio to refresh their minds.

This can be a handwritten portfolio OR it can be created as a Word document and submitted digitally. 

Task 1: Background

Using www.planningtank.comhttp://cronodon.com/PlanetTech/Cities_Structure.html,  and other reputable sources (no Wikipedia or student Prezis)  research the following models:

  • Concentric Zone Model
  • Sector Model 
  • Multiple Nuclei Model 
  • Peripheral/ Galactic Model
  • Urban Realms Model

You will need to include a diagram, the developer, the time period, and the characteristics of the model. It will be easiest to read in chart form. 

Task 2: Models in Practice 

Read this article: https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/11/syracuse-slums/416892/  and then answer the questions below. Answers should be in paragraph form.

1.Early History: Based on the article, how did Syracuse fit the Burgess Model of an American, industrial city?

2. How and why did Syracuse change? What impact did it have on Syracuse’s poorest residents?

Task 3: Transportation


  1. What is the job of the speaker in the video?
  2. What changes were made so that NYC could "maximize efficient mobility?"
  3. List 2 of the 4 goals that NYC DOT set at the beginning of their project.
  4. How was Times Square changed/updated? Did the data support the change staying permanent?
  5. Give an example of a successful DOT project in an area outside of Times Square.
  6. How did the DOT encourage more people to ride bicycles?


  1. What is the potential hidden value of public transportation in cities range from?
  2.  What are three positive effects that the researchers found in relation to more public transit options and/or seats?

Task 4: Ghost Towns

Using the BBC and Wired links, answer the following questions in complete sentences. 



  1. What are/ where are China's ghost towns located?
  2. Why are the cities fully built but have few inhabitants?
  3. What does the phrase "walls without markets" mean in this context?
  4. What struck you the most about the photographs of the cities?

Task 5: Conclusion

1. What are some mistakes that you have seen and want to help the Danielleese government avoid?

2. What are some positives/good ideas that you would like to see incorporated in the new city?

3. Are there any questions you would like to ask the government to make sure the new city wouldn't be a ghost town?

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