Regional Geography 105
Metropolitan Growth Study Guide
REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY 105


After the lecture and reading the "Metropolitan Growth" articles you should be able to answer and discuss the following questions.

On what main factors is John Borchert's theory of metropolitan evolution based?

What are the four epochs and their dates as listed by Borchert?

What are the major innovations upon which these epochs are based?

What are the major trends in industry, technology, transportation and communication during the first epoch?

What are the major trends in industry, technology, transportation and communication during the second epoch?

What are the major trends in industry, technology, transportation and communication during the third epoch?

What are the major trends in industry, technology, transportation and communication during the fourth epoch?

What is suburbanization?

What is meant by the term suburban sprawl?

What is the law of Primate City?

What are some current examples of Primate Cities?

The most recent epoch of metropolitan growth is often referred to as the "Satellite-Electronic-Jet Propulsion Epoch, from 1970 to the present:

Since 1970, what have been the major trends in industry and technology?

Since 1970, what have been the major trends in transportation?

Since 1970, what have been the major trends in communication?

Since 1970, what have been the major trends in metropolitan growth?

What is a megalopolis? Give an example.

When did the Space Age begin?

Why are we not yet into the Space Age Epoch?

What is the George Zipf Rank-Size Rule for city sizes?

According to Peter Muller, what has been the major change in the structure of urban centers during the Freeway Era?

According to Peter Muller, if current trends continue, what will possibly happen to urban structures in the future?