urban sprawl


Definition of urban sprawl

: the spreading of urban developments (such as houses and shopping centers) on undeveloped land near a city

Examples of urban sprawl in a Sentence

efforts to stop urban sprawl
Recent Examples on the Web In the hugely ambitious Los Moscos (2004), Bradford envisions a kind of map referencing the urban sprawl of Los Angeles. Matthew Bourbon, Dallas News, "Artist Mark Bradford finds allure in the everyday detritus of the world," 22 Apr. 2020 London may be an enchanting city to many: charming urban sprawl with busy streets, tall glass buildings, and thriving nightlife. Jp Mangalindan, Fortune, "Inside a sleep and wellness hotel that rents out minimalist ‘cocoons’," 25 Feb. 2020 The new study, published last month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, differed from previous papers in its approach to measuring urban sprawl. Jen Monnier, Scientific American, "Reducing Street Sprawl Could Help Combat Climate Change," 12 Feb. 2020 The die-off has been blamed on a variety of factors, including urban sprawl, the spraying of pesticides and herbicides on corn and soybean crops, and the plowing under of the monarch’s milkweed habitat along their migratory route. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Slim hope for monarch butterflies — population holds steady this season," 23 Jan. 2020 The thriving enclave came to an end in the mid-19th century, when officials decided to create a nature expanse to offset the congested conditions of New York’s growing urban sprawl. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "NYC Monument Will Honor African-American Family Displaced to Make Way for Central Park," 30 Oct. 2019 The butterfly is among a suite of local species suffering from urban sprawl and wildfires that have altered the landscape in recent decades, officials say. USA TODAY, "Expulsion at end of rainbow, Benedict Arnold, Batman thief: News from around our 50 states," 15 Jan. 2020 That concern was endorsed by Thomas Bier, a former director of Cleveland State University’s Center for Housing Research and Policy, and a leading expert on urban sprawl and urban disinvestment. Jordan Heller, cleveland, "If Collinwood closes, will kids be in danger? Parents, students fear gang violence, neighborhood decline," 3 Nov. 2019 And many of their actions encouraged urban sprawl, creating no end of environmental, transportation and social cohesion problems. Greg Jefferson, ExpressNews.com, "Jefferson: S.A.’s Frost Tower shakes up the skyline and the old order," 27 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of urban sprawl

1934, in the meaning defined above

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“Urban sprawl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urban%20sprawl. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of urban sprawl

: a situation in which large stores, groups of houses, etc., are built in an area around a city that formerly had few people living in it

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