100-km urban sausage
Denmark's new town of over one million inhabitants stretches like a belt between Randers and Kolding. The construction of the East Jutland E45 motorway has fuelled urban development in the area. The motorway has attracted businesses and shopping centres along its …
Fat sausage or rotten banana?
The East Jutland urban belt has been nicknamed the fat sausage". It conjures up an image of a patient getting fatter and fatter with arteries hardening while facing the risk of an imminent heart attack. The area is also called "the hundred kilometre town". It is symptomatic of the unequal distribution of growth in Denmark. Many perimeter areas are experiencing the opposite of the area along motorway E45. Urban migration, empty buildings, and decline are a stark reality for areas from Thisted down towards the west coast of Jutland and over to South Funen and Lolland-Falster. That has given the perimeter area the nickname "the rotten banana". The Mayor of Thisted took exception. He declared, "We don't want to be part of the rotten banana when East Jutland is the fat sausage!” "
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My wife and I are American and we had an opportunity to visit and spend a day with a distant relative in Hobro, Denmark last year (Sep, 2010). During the course of conversation that day they happened to mention that much of Denmark's homeless population is concentrated in a part of Denmark that they referred to as the "Rotten Banana.' My inference was that the term rotten banana is applied locally because of the concentration of homeless people in the region to which the term referred.
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