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Geography

Urban Growth and Decline definitions

TermDefinition
Urban Renewal The redevelopment of an urban area
Urban Sprawl The continuous, often unplanned, outward growth of an urban area
Urban Decay The deterioration of the built environment. Urban infrastructure falls into a state of despair and buildings are left empty for long periods of time
Urban Consolidation Policies that encourage higher population densities in established surburban areas, usually through planning regulations allowing more dwelling units on a given area of land through subdivision or strata title
Suburbinisation The movement of people, employment and facilities away from the iner city toward outer urban areas
Exurbinisation A process whereby people move away from the city to rural areas but continue to maintain an urban way of life either through long-distance commuting or technology
Gentrification The renewal of inner-city residential precincts. Dilapidated homes are purchased, refurbished and occupied by middle and high income earners.
Spatial Exclusion The protection of luxury lifestyle, which has resulted in restrictions in spatial access and the freedom of movement of other urban dwellers
Created by: TomChin