No boundaries: exurbia and the study of contemporary urban dispersion

  title={No boundaries: exurbia and the study of contemporary urban dispersion},
  author={Laura E. Taylor},
The dream of a house in the country, at the seashore, or near a ski hill, is one shared by many in North American society. But the environmental and social impacts of the realization of this dream by an increasing number of people has created crises and conflict for many communities. The concept of exurbia has traditionally been used to describe settlement patterns simultaneously dispersed from the city yet also connected to urban networks. This paper reviews scholarship across disciplines… 
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