hardscape
 v.— «When a community is developed, much of the land is paved for roads, basketball courts, patios and other features, a practice known as “hardscaping.” Hardscaped areas don’t absorb rainwater anymore; instead it is sent gushing into nearby waterways.» —“The Well-being of the Webbed” by Colleen Valles Gilroy Dispatch (California) Feb. 28, 2006. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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