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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.

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  • 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).

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  • Laos, from what has been shown so far, looks an awful lot like Southern California underneath the slurb, I mean - the real stuff.

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  • I realized just now that I'd seen the TV slurb before that I had on while I was finishing a new book outline.

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  • NYC is not some Johnny come lately Sun Belt slurb.

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  • The methodology involved in getting something like slurb to become popular is innovation.

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  • I think Australians would recognise slurbs - heaven knows most of the populated areas of the nation are such - but we don't have a word for them. Unrecognisable in their ubiquitousness. Can't see the wood for the trees. Too used to mediocrity in suburban design, given up pointing it out. Too depressingly familiar to contemplate. etc.

    December 13, 2012

  • furthermore: both the projects and the slurbs could be described as ghetto (adj.); however, while projects are commonly considered to be part of "the ghetto," only a very sordid slurb would be so classed.

    December 13, 2012

  • well in the U.S. at least, that almost always refers to a housing project; usually these do not appear in suburban areas. Perhaps slurbs are the free-market version of the projects.

    December 13, 2012

  • projects?

    December 12, 2012

  • An ill-planned or unplanned suburban area, with tracts of undifferentiated, often poorly-constructed houses.

    1960s? "slum" + "suburb"

    December 12, 2012