urban sprawl

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urban sprawl

The unplanned, uncontrolled spreading of urban development into areas adjoining the edge of a city.

ur′ban sprawl′

the uncontrolled spread of urban development into neighboring regions.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.urban sprawl - an aggregation or continuous network of urban communitiesurban sprawl - an aggregation or continuous network of urban communities
subtopia - monotonous urban sprawl of standardized buildings
populated area, urban area - a geographical area constituting a city or town
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Contract notice: Acq15-95 reliance assignment of final planning for the exercise of rationalization and reorganization of the sewerage system and purification of the urban sprawl of vicenza and neighboring municipalities relating thereto (basin vi 6 prra veneto region) - cig n.
Campaign coordinator John Urquhart said: "We are very concerned about continuous development all the way from Newcastle to Ponteland, creating a vast urban sprawl.
Hong Kong was rated as the best city after additional criteria, including urban sprawl, connection and proximity to other cities, and pollution were taken into account, news.
Urban sprawl is a concern for administrators of local governments across North America, but the impacts of outward growth do not have to be negative.
Planning should be used to ensure that development is appropriate to a particular area, to direct development to where it would be beneficial, and to prevent urban sprawl, along with all the environmental problems that go with urban sprawl.
The nation's city planners have called on President Obama, Congress, governors, mayors and corporate chief executive officers and boards to initiate the preparation, adoption and implementation of a nationwide "Better Quality Communities Plan" to create jobs, stop urban sprawl and lower taxes.
Cities have significantly decentralized over recent decades in a pattern known as urban sprawl.
Matt added: "Both the High Rise and Urban Sprawl pictures bought by Mr Deeley have a construction and architectural feel about them so I'm delighted they have found such an apt home.
The environmentally-aware designer came up with the concept for Toronto in a bid to beat urban sprawl.
The tremendous increase in human population is the reason for the urban sprawl and the lack of "nature" you write about in the editorial in the Winter 2008 issue.
Urban sprawl in Europe; landscapes, land-use change & policy.
One indication of urban sprawl is increased land development in low-density areas.

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