Amongst many social issues, urban sprawl is one that is increasingly problematic. The results of urban sprawl is the destroying of land, habitats, and plant species and in the end creating new environments less desirable for living. Beautiful countryside gets developed with cookie cutter houses and small ecosystems disappear. Higher gas prices and longer commutes have not seemed to deter people from moving further from city centers.
Many solutions exist to this issue. One way of slowing the rate of urban sprawl would be to stop increasing roadway accessibility. Also, pressure can be applied at local levels but given the current social climate, many people are happy to cash out and move. Another solution might be to build more high-rises in metro areas which is happening but slowly. The more difficult it becomes to live in the country the less desirable it is. Therein lies the answer to curbing urban sprawl.