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 The urban sprawl of Southern California suddenly feels very far away; there is a boundary to it after all. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, 3 May 2022 Construction has begun on what is billed as the world’s largest wildlife crossing for mountain lions and other animals caught in Southern California’s urban sprawl. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 25 Apr. 2022 The darkroom and the colony grounds were the vision of photographer and muralist Roderick Sykes, who, in 1969 at the age of 18, moved in with the mission to create a thriving creative enclave within the urban sprawl. Evangeline Barrosse, Los Angeles Times, 30 Mar. 2022 As an active member of the Greater Timonium Community Council, Mrs. DiNardo was alarmed at the urban sprawl that was engulfing Timonium. Frederick N. Rasmussen, Baltimore Sun, 22 Apr. 2022 Bucha retains a semirural vibe despite the inevitable advance of urban sprawl: shopping centers, condo towers, health clubs. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Apr. 2022 Bucha retains a semi-rural vibe despite the inevitable advance of urban sprawl: shopping centers, condo towers, health clubs. Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2022 But, in his view, the late 1960s and early ’70s saw those bonds begin to break down, as urban sprawl and new technologies led people to spend more time alone, watching television or driving. Faith Hill, The Atlantic, 22 Feb. 2022 The clearing of woodlands for agriculture and wood production is also expected to reduce habitat and urban sprawl and development are expected to further encroach into what little habitat is left and diminish connectivity in southern Arizona. Lindsey Botts, The Arizona Republic, 20 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of urban sprawl

1934, in the meaning defined above

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21 May 2022

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“Urban sprawl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urban%20sprawl. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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