Finding their Niche: A study of the interactions between central cities and their neighboring suburbs

Authors: Alicia Sloan*,
Topics: Urban Geography, Urban and Regional Planning, Planning Geography
Keywords: Urban Geography, Metropolitan Areas, Cities, Suburbs, Interdependence, Urban Ecology, Niche, Functional Specialization, Functional Classification
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Studies of city and suburban relationships have yielded mixed conclusions regarding their interdependence. What makes a city function cannot be fully understood without exploring this interaction; how a central city affects a suburb and also how a network of adjacent suburbs affect a suburb. That is the purpose of this paper. It proposes a way of modeling trajectories in cities and suburbs across the United States by using change in population, change in property values, and change in median income as determinants of trajectory (success or failure-decline). These three determinants will be based on the trajectory of the central city, proximity to the central city, any present niches (or specializations), and area attributes. The study then delves deeper into specific areas (to be determined) for further ground investigation in hopes of filling gaps that planners may have missed regarding making their city function properly.

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