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[mass noun] Unsightly, sprawling suburban development.‘I shall doubtless feel no more alien than anybody else in the prevailing subtopia because nobody will be working out of doors’
- ‘Proposals for densification or adopting urban housing models are understandably slow to take root and have yet to make any discernible impact on the relentless march of subtopia.’
- ‘Her sprawling, comic epic about multi-ethnic Britain, which uncovers a wonderland of magic realism in the London subtopias of Cricklewood Broadway and Willesden, beat a strong shortlist of four other books, all by American writers.’
- ‘There are many varieties of downtown areas, and no two subtopias are alike.’
- ‘‘The embers of the empire shimmer like a distant blood-soaked sunset as the urban subtopias of downtown blighty rumble to the rhythms of a brand new internationalism.’’
- ‘Virtually in the countryside with breathtaking green hills and valleys, it's a very short drive - and even a pleasant walk - away from the urban communities of Hillsborough, Walkley, Crookes, and Broomhill, with a scattering of tiny subtopias and exurbias along the way.’
1950s: blend of suburb and utopia.
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