Delta Urbanism Reflection AM

The map that I drew reflects my town, Olathe, Kansas, which is just outside of Kansas City, Kansas. Being at the center of the country, there aren’t any huge bodies of water surrounding us, so rivers, ponds, and smaller lakes are the major key water features around my home. A majority of the ponds and lakes found in my state are impoundments, which means they’ve been created with artificial barriers. All three of the bodies of water that I depicted in my drawing are impounded, Lake Olathe, the Lake of the Ozarks, and Kansas River. These lakes and rivers have large economic benefits as they help to develop industries such as fisheries. They also contribute largely to the tourism industry as they enhance natural beauty and provide recreational activities. Specifically the Lake of the Ozarks, is a prime spot for tourism in the Midwest which attracts families and individuals of all ages, usually from the Kansas and Missouri area. At the time of its construction, the Lake of the Ozarks was actually the largest manmade lake in the United States and one of the largest in the world. It was originally created with the purpose of providing hydroelectric power for the customers of Union Electric, but rapidly transformed into a significant tourist destination. As the smaller cities and its people in the Midwest started to grow and come together, this resulted in even more development for the tourist industry.However, in Delta Urbanisms, “the merging of these growing cities into one large metropolis was considered a threat to social harmony”. National policy was attempting to balance its economic and demographic growth as well as controlling the size and the development of its cities in the Randstad. But similarly, just like in Amsterdam, “water continues to shape the landscape and its development” in my town, and the Midwest as a whole. By helping to stimulate economic growth and enriching the quality of life for the area, even these small bodies of water play a large role in shaping my city and its people.

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3 thoughts on “Delta Urbanism Reflection AM

  1. I made my post regarding the tidal basin and its purpose as well as unintended effects. I found similarities between the man-made lakes you described and the tidal basin. Both were constructed with a direct purpose, in one case hydroelectric power and in another the connivence of controlling the water flow to an important harbor. Both ended up becoming tourist attractions and in a way became something bigger than they were ever meant to be. Its interesting to consider how people are almost attracted to water, and gather around it similar to African animals near a watering hole.

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  2. This is an interesting perspective of the water features in the Midwest that I had never considered. I was not aware that all of these lakes were impoundments and had such economic growth attached to them (except for the Ozarks). I’m curious about what kind of environmental infrastructures are in place to maintain these areas. I could imagine that from the changes from the time as being used for power to now a tourist location, there have been adaptations in the lakes themselves. Similar to the process of change that was described in chapter 3, the lakes you show have changed but no so much from natural calamities or necessity, but to continue to shape your landscape for different economic purposes.

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  3. Hi there, I really enjoyed how you noticed the importance of water and how it is a fundamental aspect that not only shaped the Netherlands but also Kansas, a landlocked area. Moreover when you wrote, “even these small bodies of water play a large role in shaping my city and its people”. It goes to show the power behind water, the life it creates, and how it attracts people.

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