[060] Nation's Ugliness?

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Dec 18, 2012 04:35 exlang-interpretation
I found the sentence below in one of my books.

"We are worried now about the nation's resources, the ugliness, the "urban sprawl." You will read about this in our newspapers and hear it discussed widely wherever you go."

I'm not sure what "the ugliness" means here.
Could you tell me what you think?

Thank you in advance.