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urban sprawl

A derogatory term for the spread of suburban developments, typically along relatively narrow strips of land following major arteries or highways.

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A common response to the layout and traffic problems that beset Australian cities is to express contempt for the suburban sprawl. It is normal for such grievances to be voiced rancorously by people living within the 10 km radius of the centre.
Wheeler considers three possible explanations for the trend: 1) urban decentralization (changes in urban population density and suburban sprawl), 2) industrial shifts and declining unionization, and 3) increased geographic segregation by levels of income and educational attainment.
Mainstream housebuild-ers have joined forces with the the Prince of Wales to back new green design principles encouraging a move away from suburban sprawl and a return to more traditional varied street patterns.
Brenner (engineering, Tufts U.) brings together a collection of 46 of his short, often humorous, essays that first appeared in engineering journals on topics as diverse as his own start in the industry, engineer "fashions," urban form, suburban sprawl, organization, bridges, tornadoes, technology, the engineering process, and life insurance.
And it is, of course, a huge suburban sprawl with good quality homes abounding.
But this sunny picture of farming gives way to its darker side as the movie progresses, exploring the sad fact of farm failures and healthy soils lost to suburban sprawl, in one poignant interview, an old farmer chokes up as he says, "I just hate to see all that concrete being poured into the land."
It's a kickback to pre-'50s suburban sprawl, a compact design that is far more people-friendly than auto-friendly.
Famously straddling both the Asian and European continents, Istanbul's informal boundaries are ever-expanding as the city grapples with the effects of inter-urban migration, a combination of suburban sprawl and increased inner-city living.
In parts of Virginia, Civil War battlefields are threatened by suburban sprawl. Preservationists are fighting back, raising millions from private sources to save historic sites and buildings.
Recent books have shown us that seemingly unplanned suburban sprawl was, in fact, the product of conscientious planning, and that bored suburban housewives were actually grassroots activists at the forefront of the modern conservative movement.