Amenity destruction

Experimental visualization of narrower problems
Other Names:
Dependence on amenity destruction

Urban life is based on amenities. They include sanitation systems and other hygienic services and facilities that range from inside plumbing to public enforcement of hygienic food-handling laws. Essential amenities are: food distribution to a wide number of outlet points; water for drinking, cooking, washing and for commercial and industrial use as well as for fire-fighting and recreation; law enforcement; hospitals and all health services; well-maintaining roadways and pavements; public transportation; parks and recreation areas; and breathable, fresh air. While urban life is based on amenities, its maintenance involves their deterioration and destruction. Natural resources such as city air and water are polluted; sunlight is blocked by high-rise buildings or smog; population pressure destroys parks and recreation facilities, brings excessive automobile and vehicle traffic and engine-exhausts, wears out public transportation equipment, and generally causes the deterioration of every city service including education, law enforcement, and health care.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 15: Life on Land
Problem Type:
C: Cross-sectoral problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST