The changing demography of the central city ( USA).

G. Sternlies, J. W. Hughes

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Many U.S. metropolitan areas have a decaying central city and a ring of prosperous and growing suburban and exurban towns. Industry has shifted to the suburbs, to sites along major highways and to the Sun Belt. Some plants have closed due to competition from foreign sources. The drift of population and primary jobs out of the city reduces the number of secondary jobs and activities. When the suburbs reach a certain size they can support a variety of functions that were once confined to the central city. Policies such as renewal, subsidized housing and aid to mass transit have had limited success in revitalizing the central city. Gentrification and gasoline shortage may result in the resettlement of some neighborhoods.- Forrest McElhoe Jr.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)48-53
Number of pages6
JournalScientific American
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1980

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