Why study land use?

Scientists, urban planners, community leaders, and others ask questions about how land use can affect the environment.

Does adding more roads increase pollution?

To answers these questions and to plan for the future, information about how land use has changed is needed.

Take a look at this photo of Bethlehem, PA. How do you think land use around and within the city has changed over time?

Bethlehem, PA, and its two sister cities, Easton and Allentown, form the urban core of the Lehigh Valley. This environment of this metropolitan area has endured the impacts of being a crucial industrial center with sprawling suburbs.

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