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The New Metropolitan Reality in the US: Rethinking the Traditional Model

Bernadette Hanlon, Thomas Vicino and John Rennie Short
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Bernadette Hanlon: Department of Public Policy, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250, USA, bhanlon1@umbc.edu
Thomas Vicino: School of Urban and Public Affairs, University of Texas at Arlington, 601 S. Neddennan Drive, Arlington, TX 76019, USA, vicino@uta.edu
John Rennie Short: Department of Public Policy, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250, USA, jrs@umbc.edu

Urban Studies, 2006, vol. 43, issue 12, 2129-2143

Abstract: This paper critically evaluates the traditional metropolitan model of an urban core and a homogeneous suburban ring. Using place data from the US Bureau of the Census from 1980 to 2000, it examines 1639 suburbs from a sample of 13 metropolitan areas in the US. Poor, manufacturing, Black and immigrant suburbs are identified to show that metropolitan areas are less a simple dichotomous structure and more a mosaic of very diverse suburban places. The results suggest the need for more subtle frameworks in order better to understand the structure of contemporary metropolitan areas.

Date: 2006
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