Part 1: Boston and Denver
Part 2: Chicago and San Antonio
North America is an ethnically diverse and rapidly changing region. Looking at several urban examples, we will first examine how geography can be used as a tool to analyze the relationship between urban economic and demographic data. Later in the workshop, we will look at suburban sprawl around Chicago and how two teachers help their students identify implications of city growth in Philadelphia and San Antonio.
In this program, we examine urban areas in terms of ethnic diversity and income. We first focus on Boston and its "empowerment zones," impoverished areas mapped by geographers as those areas most in need of government grants for economic re-development. Following the case study, we visit a Colorado classroom where AP human geography students use a low-tech version of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to investigate the distribution patterns of poverty in Denver.
This workshop examines suburban sprawl and its implications. First, we look at Chicago and the trend toward movement away from the city and into the surrounding farmlands. Following the case study, Philadelphia students examine that city's growth over the past 300 years and another class in San Antonio uses census data to investigate the future of their city's expansion.