Chapter 5: Lecture: Urbanizing the Landscape

Having "formed" and "settled" the landscape, now we urbanize it. In this class, we discuss principles of city structure and urban form, and review technical terminology such as MSA's, CBSA's, conurbations, exurbs, census tracts, blockgroups, and blocks. We discuss data sets and challenges in measuring and mapping urban growth, including what the census offers and its limitations. For the second half of the class, we explore how, why, and where New Orleans expanded during 1700s-1900s, and conclude with a discussion of the relevance of the antecedent cadaster and antecedent axes in the cityscape.