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Somehow I'm reminded of the term "slurb", but instead of its negative connotation I'm thinking "slow-urban", a slum of hope attracting urbanites, an inexpensive property characterized by the lack of urban infrastructure but rich on more important aspects of life.
The word exurb dates from at least the 1950s; newer words on the model of "exurb" include "boomburb" (a rapidly growing, sprawling city of 100,000 or more on the edge of a major metropolitan area) and "slurb" (an area of unplanned suburban sprawl).
Laos, from what has been shown so far, looks an awful lot like Southern California underneath the slurb, I mean - the real stuff.
I realized just now that I'd seen the TV slurb before that I had on while I was finishing a new book outline.
NYC is not some Johnny come lately Sun Belt slurb.
The methodology involved in getting something like slurb to become popular is innovation.