What does urban sprawl mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. conurbation, urban sprawl, sprawl(noun)

    an aggregation or continuous network of urban communities


  1. urban sprawl(Noun)

    an unplanned, disorganized growth of housing etc on the edge of a city


  1. Urban sprawl

    Urban sprawl or suburban sprawl is a multifaceted concept centered around the expansion of auto-oriented, low-density development. Topics range from the outward spreading of a city and its suburbs to its logical limits, to low-density and auto-dependent development on rural land, examination of impact of high segregation between residential and commercial uses, and analysis of various design features to determine which may encourage car dependency. Discussions and debates about sprawl are often made unclear by the uncertainty of the meaning associated with the phrase. For example, some commentators measure sprawl only with the average number of residential units per acre in a given area. But others associate it with decentralization, discontinuity, segregation of uses, and so forth. The term urban sprawl generally has negative connotations due to the health, environmental and cultural issues associated with the phrase. Residents of sprawling neighbourhoods tend to emit more pollution per person and suffer more traffic fatalities. Sprawl is controversial, with supporters claiming that consumers prefer lower density neighborhoods and that sprawl does not necessarily increase traffic. Others have argued that sprawl is less a reflection of consumer preferences and more a result of legal structures and court decisions that have encouraged sprawl development.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of urban sprawl in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of urban sprawl in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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