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  • want to revitalize the downtown and limit urban sprawl
  • He is interested in controlling urban development to reduce projected traffic congestion.
  • She studied urban planning.
  • He’s a trailblazing professor of education at the University of Illinois who often works at solving the dilemmas of educating the urban poor.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen

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  • Walls had been constructed out of wood, scrap metal, cars, anything big and strong enough to protect what was inside: a mostly burned-out urban center.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • "I mean, if Hardee’s is urban, I’m not sure I want to see rural."
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • "Let’s go on an urban Easter egg hunt."
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Basic urban survival.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • Over half the world’s population lived in urban areas."
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • Belinda brought up a video feed of a busy urban street with a few hundred people visible and walking to and from the camera, unaware they were being watched.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle

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  • We rushed to look out, and could see water flooding from lower windows into the street, where soldiers in gray urban camo were clinging to lampposts and fire hydrants to keep from being washed away by the icy waves.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • Want to get up early on Sunday and go to church at Glide in the Tenderloin, and then go on a six-hour urban hike with pit stops for bloody Marys?
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • In poor urban neighborhoods across the United States, black and brown boys routinely have multiple encounters with the police.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Knox was talking specifically about New York City, but his concluding thoughts on this process could be applied to all large urban centers.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • Police snipers in urban settings typically shot at ranges under a hundred feet.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • He had the hard-drinking, solitary nature of a cowboy but now found himself in a vast urban desert with five children.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • "It’s a very urban book," I added, "very special, you know, a little too much of the smell of the streets about it."
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • It was my job to review movies for the eZine, and since I’d already seen every other movie showing at the theater, we’d resigned ourselves to the latest urban chiller.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • Here in the city, you’ll be used to your surroundings, and this Count Olaf is the only relative who lives within the urban limits."
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Bad Beginning
  • We had gotten to a lonelier stretch of road, straight and desolate, where the traffic was sparse and the streetlamps were farther apart, and the bracing crack and sparkle of the old city, its lighted tracery, its hidden design— silver skates, happy children beneath the tree—had given way to a more familiar urban bleakness: Fotocadeau, Locksmith Sleutelkluis, signs in Arabic, Shoarma, Tandoori Kebab, gates down, everything closed.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • I remember District 8, an ugly urban place stinking of industrial fumes, the people housed in run-down tenements.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • That was really where we were blooded for battle, combing those urban streets, flushing out insurgents wherever they hid.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Pretty soon, Clarkston, or at least the part of Clarkston consisting of apartment complexes, found itself caught in a familiar cycle of urban decay.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • With every step on those cracked sidewalks, I passed a new signifier of urban decay.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • The balloon traveled over urban Pittsburgh, back and forth above the city’s famous three rivers.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • For centuries in Europe, they had been forbidden to own land, so they had clustered in cities and towns, taking up urban trades and professions.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • Do you know what that canister could do to an urban area?
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • His irritability, though it might have been comprehensible to an urban brain-worker, was an amazing thing to these quiet Sussex villagers.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • I’d become an urban legend—the monster who lived in the New York sewer system.
    Alex Flinn  --  Beastly
  • Evan Malone, urban legend’eighteen and in league with Satan, skinning goats up at Chamberlain Flat.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • In the weeks before the dinner I went on several urban scouting expeditions.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • Father walked out into the urban jungle of Pondicherry and bought a cow with dark wet eyes, a nice fat hump and horns so straight and at such right angles to its head that it looked as if it had licked an electrical outlet.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • A grill stood on the deck, and I could smell the hot dogs and chicken cooking; the guy leaning over it was shirtless and wearing a do-rag, trying to come across as urban cool.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • This was urban renewal.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • The sun was burning down beyond the horizon now, flooding the sky with blood and roses, turning the edge of the river to liquid gold, softening the ugliness of the urban waste all around them.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • They spoke of their days of "growing up in Mississippi" or wherever it was, as proof of their knowledge of poverty and blackness, but in fact the closest most of them had come to an urban ghetto in twenty years was from behind the wheel of a locked Honda.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • It was all about President Johnson trying to get a bill passed to help the urban poor, and then something about the Pueblo, which had been taken over by the North Koreans.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Fallen Angels
  • In the aftermath of the Blaxik battle, their adrenaline still pumping, Dodge and the white rook braved a walk through the teeming urban slum Wonderland had become to remind themselves why they fought.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • Sophie wasn’t especially frightened of them, though like everyone else she had heard the horror stories, urban legends and FOAF friend of a friend stories about the scavengers.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • It became symbolic of the cold and dehumanizing effects of urban life.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • Yet this tension exists within the limits of urban life, undermining it and supporting it in the same gesture of being.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • Years later I discovered that the United States had been crossed thousands of times by frightened Black children traveling alone to their newly affluent parents in Northern cities, or back to grandmothers in Southern towns when the urban North reneged on its economic promises.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • You kids’ll all find out when I buy the farm and those urban renewal poops turn this place into a parking lot.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • A satellite or manned capsule lands in a major neutralist urban center.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • Yet we continue to leave the education of our native urban society to those few Europeans who feel strongly about it, and to deny opportunities and money for its expansion.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • Kynes had come with a Fremen escort, which could mean simply that the Fremen were testing their new freedom to enter urban areas—but it had seemed an honor guard.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Romanticism was in the main an urban phenomenon.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • She was greatly impressed by Carl’s urban appearance, and in her excitement talked very loud and threw her head about.
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!
  • Casterbridge was the complement of the rural life around, not its urban opposite.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • You seem almost like a coquette, upon my life you do—a coquette of the first urban water!
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
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