Recent Examples of urban from the Web
Documenting the city’s urban wildlife is revealing patterns in migration and adaptation that may inform similar studies in other cities.
Once, Florida calculated cost-of-living when coming up with teacher salary numbers, which helped teachers who live in expensive urban areas like Miami-Dade and Broward counties but that practiced was ended.
The project fit with the Metro Council's intention to scatter such low-cost housing across the community — and not concentrate it in the urban area.
As housing tracts sprouted in communities farther up the watershed, greater volumes of urban runoff entered the creek.
The largest fire spread more than a mile into the city of Santa Rosa, destroying entire neighborhoods and signaling a new reality in the state: Even urban communities considered safe for decades are now vulnerable to wildfires.
The problem facing the Democrats nationally is that their voting base is tightly clustered into coastal states and large urban areas.
This is not a new dilemma: Labour has been gaining ground in cosmopolitan, urban areas since 2005, while the Conservatives have done the same in declining towns and rural areas, points out Will Jennings of the University of Southampton.
But upwardly mobile urban communities are more open to such perspectives than rural areas, where two-thirds of all Pakistanis live.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of urban
First Known Use: circa 1634See Words from the same year
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