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Sewage districts are important municipalities that facilitate urban growth within cities and heavily impact communities. Research regarding the sewage districts is scarce in the modern contexts, and focuses on the biological and chemical processes involved in sanitizing wastewater. This study focuses on districts in Central Illinois and uses the technique of landscape archaeology combined with archival analysis to analyze the economic factors in various parts of the cities and the topography of the districts. The findings of this paper showed that residents with low economic status were pushed toward industrial areas within the cities, where the sewage districts were also placed. Additionally, the districts used the landscape to elevate themselves from the “dirt” of sewage to positively impact public opinion. This study is a beginning to open academic discussion about sewage districts and their importance in shaping cities.
Ervin, Anastasia, "Sewagescapes: Urban Growth And Topography Of Sewage Districts In Central Illinois" (2021). Sociology and Anthropology. 3.