urban sprawl

Definition

A term used to describe low density development in suburban areas adjacent to a major city. Residents of those areas typically commute back into the city for employment or shopping.

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You need to figure out how a quickly growing urban sprawl may have an impact on your business in the area.

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My boss considered building a new factory on the very cheap land available next to a strip mall in the urban sprawl of the Phoenix metropolitan area, but was concerned about how long employees would have to drive to get there.

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Most workers in Washington D.C. do not live inside the city, but actually live in the surrounding urban sprawl, commuting from the suburban bedroom communities of Maryland and Virginia.

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