urbanization

noun
ur·ban·i·za·tion | \ ˌər-bə-nə-ˈzā-shən \

Definition of urbanization 

: the quality or state of being urbanized or the process of becoming urbanized

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The word urbanization started appearing in print way back in the 1880s, which says something about the growth of American cities. The expansion of Los Angeles was an early example of uncontrolled urbanization. Urbanization is often seen as a negative trend, with bad effects on quality of life and the environment. But apartments require much less heat than houses, and commuting by mass transit rather than cars can reduce pollution and energy use, and cities offer improved opportunities for jobs (and often for education and housing as well), so city growth doesn't make everyone unhappy.

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Often touted as Africa’s answer to Alibaba, Jumia seeks to ride on changing trends in e-commerce, entertainment, urbanization, music, and more. Matina Stevis-gridneff, WSJ, "Meet the Startup Building a Market From Scratch to Become Africa’s Alibaba," 23 May 2018 Yellow fever nearly wiped out Memphis, Tenn., in the 1870s as urbanization and river transport brought infected people and mosquitoes together. Dan Strickman, Scientific American, "Buzz Kill: Our Best Weapons against Mosquitoes," 13 July 2018 About half a billion people live in informal settlements in cities in the region, as the pace of urbanization quickens, according to the lobby group Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (ACHR). Rina Chandran, The Christian Science Monitor, "Slum dwellers in the Philippines build homes through community programs," 7 June 2018 The lie detector arose from an era of industrialization, of urbanization—a time when humans were crowded together and chaotically exposed to each other. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "The Lie Detector in the Age of Alternative Facts," 29 Mar. 2018 With urbanization comes pressure on local government to improve housing affordability, workforce education and public transit, Mr. Briley said. Cameron Mcwhirter, WSJ, "As Nashville Rapidly Expands, Residents Worry the Metropolis Is Growing Too Fast," 18 June 2018 Like other countries, the Netherlands has been dealing with the fallout of urbanization, including rising property prices and the displacement of working-class families to the suburbs. Olga Mecking, The Atlantic, "‘Cargo-Bike Moms’ Are Gentrifying the Netherlands," 11 June 2018 Further urbanization of unskilled workers may just shift them from agriculture to low-productivity sectors, the study said. Mimi Whitefield, miamiherald, "Why are Latin American and Caribbean cities less productive? Mayors in Miami to discuss," 11 June 2018 Rapid urbanization has forced millions of Nigerians to live in slums and squatter settlements, as the country’s population is growing faster than its ability to build new housing. Justice Ilevbare, The Christian Science Monitor, "One company's plan to create affordable green housing in Nigeria," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of urbanization

1888, in the meaning defined above

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urbanization

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English Language Learners Definition of urbanization

: the process by which towns and cities are formed and become larger as more and more people begin living and working in central areas

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