ribbon development

noun
housing or commercial buildings built along a stretch of road.

Origin:
1925–30

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ribbon development
 
n
(Brit) the building of houses in a continuous row along a main road: common in England between the two World Wars

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There are few concrete monsters, but coasts have been ruined by unregulated ribbon development, which puts off tourists.
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