I am curious about information or opinions about rural sprawl. This may have an existing definition or field of study but the phenomenon I am talking about is this.
I suppose it would be the edges of exurbia and beyond, particularly beyond. It would appear this started after 1970 or so. Far outside of the more developed sections of a metro region there are many homes built on 5 to 80+ acres. I enjoy looking at old aerial photographs and I can not help but notice that before the 1970s it seems all that existed for the most part in the rural areas outside of cities were the farmsteads. Many of these new homes dont farm to any large scale but some certainly do lease land to farmers.
I suppose many reasons have lead to this trend such as improved roadways, longer commute tolerances, desire to be "away from it all". I notice though that is does not seem to matter how far you go into very remote areas, there are a proliferation of homes.
I find various issues with this type of development such as expectations of municipal services, strains on wells, unnecessary wasting of resources to tie into many long distance residences, etc. It would be difficult to curtail as many issues that a zoning ordinance would look at would be easily met by this type of development and in addition many erural or exurban communities encourage such development. On a personal level it seems that there truly are less and less areas that are truly away from it all. In addition my experience is in the midwest where such development may be easier with distances from expressways and availability of water. It seems all over in the hinterlands are large homes with the necessary over sized pole barns and ponds often with a four wheeler track.
I would be interested in links to any information/ research into this type of development and anyone's opinions or information on it as well.