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

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But Washington Road still maintains that distinctly American feel of urban sprawl run amok. Paul Newberry, The Seattle Times, "Outside Masters, Washington Road bustles in its tacky glory," 13 Apr. 2019 For one week a year, urban sprawl gets a chance to shine in all its tacky glory. Paul Newberry, The Seattle Times, "Outside Masters, Washington Road bustles in its tacky glory," 13 Apr. 2019 The county’s staff report points out that in 1991 Seminole designated roughly a third of the eastern side of the county as rural to preserve the pasturelands, environmentally-sensitive wetlands and Econlockhatchee River from urban sprawl. Martin E. Comas, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Seminole County report blasts plan to build hundreds of homes in rural area," 10 July 2018 But as the megalopolis grew, the zoo became surrounded by an urban sprawl of busy avenues with honking buses and screeching cars near the animal enclosures, where on a recent day a solitary lion spent his time chasing his tail in circles. Luis Andres Henao, Fox News, "Giraffe, rhino deaths raise alarm at former Buenos Aires zoo," 22 Aug. 2018 The story of Virginia’s Seventh District is in large part a story of Richmond’s urban sprawl. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Abigail Spanberger elected to US House of Representatives: a Democrat just ousted a Tea Party star," 7 Nov. 2018 This study, conducted by Shima Hamidi, the director of the Institute of Urban Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington, identifies a potential new factor: the effect of urban sprawl on residents’ health. Heidi Mitchell, WSJ, "The Link Between Urban Sprawl and Life Expectancy," 16 Sep. 2018 The discovery of the sarcophagus on a construction site last month was a rare find in Alexandria, a fabled port city where most traces of Egypt’s ancient civilizations have crumbled into the waves or lie buried beneath urban sprawl. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "Sarcophagus Found. Contents Unknown. (‘No Guessing, Please.’)," 13 July 2018 The Melbourne projects aim to help find solutions to the city's expanding urban sprawl, worsening traffic congestion, and growing social isolation – all of which can contribute to problems like alcoholism and domestic violence. Michael Taylor, The Christian Science Monitor, "Won't you be my neighbor: Melbourne experiments with community-led housing," 11 July 2018

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1934, in the meaning defined above

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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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