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fringe belt

  A region of mixed land uses at the edge of a built-up area whose heterogeneity reflects the concentration of activities propelled there by centrifugal forces (see centrifugal and centripetal forces). The study of fringe belts is central to Conzen\'s method of town-plan analysis, which focuses on townscape morphology (see also edge city; rural-urban fringe; zonal model). (RJJ)

Suggested Reading Whitehand, J.W.R. 1967: Fringe belts: a neglected aspect of urban geography. Transactions, Institute of British Geographers 41: 223-33.



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