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View Resource Historic Topographic Maps of California: San Francisco Bay Area

This collection of historic topographic maps goes back to the late 19th century. Comparison of maps of the same area from different times allows users to observe changes in land use over time. The maps can be searched by using list of available quadrangles, by clicking on an interactive index map, or by a word search of feature names.

View Resource Analyzing Land Use Change In Urban Environments

This four-page fact sheet provides a brief summary of the analysis of land use in urban environments. Topics include the rapid growth in urban populations, some of the methods used to analyze land use change (mapping, databases, time series documents), and some of the concerns and possible consequences created by the rapid shift of human populations to urban centers.

View Resource The Use of a Piece of Land

This role-playing activity engages students in a practical exercise in land use planning, helping to reinforce the positive and negative aspects of land use laws and local zoning ordinances. Using photographs or color slides, and a legal description (deed) of a choice piece of relatively undeveloped real estate in their area (at least 20 acres in size), they will work in groups to select a...

View Resource Urban Growth in American Cities

This online publication illustrates the spatial history of urban growth and corresponding land use change in sixteen areas around the United States. It features pairs of images of selected urban regions from across the nation which are intended to show the transformation that these areas have undergone over two decades, specifically increases in the extent of urban land. Each pair is composed of...

View Resource Maryland Department of Planning

A state planning website might not sound like the most fascinating site out there, but the Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) proves all doubters wrong. The site is replete with interesting planning documents, information on sustainable communities in the Old Line State, and general information for other planners across the United States. On their homepage, visitors can learn about their work...

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