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Urban Sprawl

2024-06-05 | Science Direct

Urban sprawl refers to the uncontrolled expansion of urban areas into peripheral rural land, characterized by low-density, car-dependent development. This phenomenon often results in inefficient land use, increased infrastructure costs, traffic congestion, and environmental degradation. It typically involves the spread of residential, commercial, and industrial areas far from city centers, leading to longer commutes and greater reliance on automobiles. Addressing urban sprawl is crucial for sustainable urban planning, as it impacts ecological systems, public service provision, and social equity.


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Edited and Translated by Ma Chenshuo