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Alstom, which has its headquarters in the Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret, developed France’s 186-mph TGV trains, while Siemens makes Germany’s high-speed ICE models.
Despite their dominance at the federal level and in most state capitals, West Coast Republicans have been driven to the point of extinction as the party’s standing has plummeted in prosperous cities and suburbs, from San Diego to Seattle.
South Park's themes are applicable to any moderate, middle class suburb in the country.
Many families in this suburb of Soweto, a formerly black township in greater Johannesburg, are still crammed into makeshift housing.
The slaying happened in the Palm Beach County suburb of Wellington.
The following day, 450 or more people marched through the St. Louis suburb University City, The Times reports.
Since Tompkins' place of work was in Westchester, a New York suburb, she's also protected by the New York City Human Rights Law.
Democratic voters are heavily clustered in central cities, sympathetic suburbs, and university towns, while Republican voters are more evenly spread around.
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The suburbs vs. the urbs
Given that most of the common words in our language beginning sub- tend to have meanings concerned with “beneath” (as in subterranean and submarine) or “less than” (as with subpar), you would be forgiven for assuming that the suburbs were so named because of their location below, or their status as less than, their urban counterparts. Not so, however: sub- may have other meanings at the beginning of a word; in this case, it indicates not depth or inferiority, but proximity. In other words, the suburbs are a region close to the urbs.
Is urbs an English word? Yes; it is rarely used, but it refers typically to a city, particularly when distinguished from a suburb.
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