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A planned city developed along a single, high-speed line of transport; a city form favoured by Soviet planners in the 1920s and 1930s; see R. A. French (1995). Industry is developed along one side of the link, while shops and offices are located on the other side, with housing beyond them. A linear village is an elongated ribbon of settlement usually formed along a routeway such as a road or canal, perhaps reflecting the pattern of land tenure.

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