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Some are carrying out activities such as large-scale gardening, the raising of horses or other animals, or farming, or otherwise have a genuine need for the space. Others wish to pursue a rural lifestyle for reasons unrelated to space itself.
Elbow roomers are often said to contribute to urban sprawl, though some authorities claim they are a part of the natural evolution of the edges of urban areas.
- Darlene Prois (2004-01-11). "Grabbing some elbow room; With the town's population doubling each decade since 1960, open spaces in St. Francis are at a premium. Other fringe cities are feeling it, too.". Star Tribune.
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