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catchment area

catchment area  

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(kach-mĕnt)the geographic area from which a hospital can expect to receive patients and on which (in Britain) the designated population of the hospital is based.
counter-urbanization

counter-urbanization  

The movement of population and economic activity away from urban areas—see Mitchell (2004) J. Rur. Studs 20, 1 for an exhaustive dissertation on the meaning of this term, and Escribano (2007) ...
entropy

entropy  

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1 Measure of disorder or unavailable energy in a thermodynamic system; the measure of increasing disorganization of the universe.2 See least-work principle; and least-work profile.
new town

new town  

A planned urban community that is developed in a rural area, and is designed to be largely self‐sufficient with its own housing, education, commerce, and recreation.
New Urbanism

New Urbanism  

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The International Modern Movement produced, for the most part, buildings that were free-standing and unrelated to their contexts. The bits of urban space (see sloap) left by the rigidities of ...
radiation

radiation  

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1. Energy travelling in the form of electromagnetic waves or photons.2. A stream of particles, especially alpha- or beta-particles from a radioactive source or neutrons from a nuclear reactor.
road pricing

road pricing  

A strategy to reduce urban*congestion, first used in Singapore in 1978. An electronic road pricing (ERP) system can electronically monitor, and track, vehicles entering a restricted zone to control ...
sphere of influence

sphere of influence  

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A determinate region within which a single external power exercises a predominant influence, limiting the political independence of weaker states or entities within it. The concept plays a central ...
standard Metropolitan Statistical Area

standard Metropolitan Statistical Area  

(SMSA)An urban region in the USA that has at least 100 000 inhabitants, and has strong economic and social ties to a central city of at least 50 000 people.
suburb

suburb  

The outer part of a city or urban area, close to the urban–rural boundary, with limited commercial land use and low‐density residential development. Also known as suburbia. See also exurbia.
town

town  

Go to town do something thoroughly, enthusiastically, or extravagantly.town and gown the permanent residents of a university town and the members of the university, especially as seen in opposition ...

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