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Sprawl is usually described as rapid, unplanned, or at least uncoordinated, scattered, low-density, automobile-dependent growth at the edge of or in the urban periphery. As such it is not an analytical concept. The concept is hardly operational, meaning something different at different periods for different users of the concept. Mostly it is regarded as a sort of critical concept, useful in suggesting an attitude rather than indicating any actual conditions, an almost always negative attitude. Without being a genuine strategic concept, it is a concept calling on action, calling on strategies against sprawl. In a substantial part of the urban studies literature it is used as a concept with programmatic ambitions, about stopping the development of sprawl by strategies emphasizing the dispersion as well as ...

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