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Chapter 13 Vocab

TermDefinition
CBD the area of a city where retail and office activities are clustered
Concentric zone model a model of the internal structure of cities in which social groups are spatially arranged in a series of rings
sector model a model of the internal structure of cities in which social groups are arranged around a series of sectors, or wedges, radiating out from the central business district
multiple nuclei model a model of the internal structure of cities in which social groups are arranged around a collection of nodes of activities
census tracts an area delineated by the US Bureau of the Census for which statistics are published
social area analysis statistical analysis used to identify where people of similar living standards, ethnic background,and lifestyle live within an urban area
squatter settlements an area within a city in a less developed country in which people illegally establish residences on land they do not own or rent and erect homemade structures
peripheral model a model of North American urban areas consisting of an inner city surrounded by large suburban residential and business areas tied together by a beltway or ring road
urbanized area an urban area with at least 50,000 inhabitants
urban cluster an urban area with between 2,500 and 50,000 inhabitants
metropolitan statistical area (MSA) an urbanized area of at least 50,000 population, the county within which the city is located, and adjacent counties meeting one of several tests indicating a functional connection to the central city
micropolitan statistical areas an urbanized area of between 10,000 and 50,000 inhabitants, the county in which it is found, and adjacent counties tied to the city
megalopolis a continuous urban complex in the northeastern united states
annexation legally adding land area to a city in the united states
density gradient the change in density in an urban area from the center to the periphery
sprawl development of new housing sites at relatively low density and at locations that are not contiguous to the existing built-up area
greenbelts a ring of land maintained as parks, agriculture, or other types of open space to limit the sprawl of an urban area
smart growth legislation and regulations to limit suburban sprawl and preserve farmland
filtering a process of change in the use of a house, from single family owner occupancy to abandonment
redlining a process by which banks draw lines on a map and refuse to lend money to purchase or improve property within the boundaries
public housing housing owned by the government. rented to residents with low incomes, and the rents are set at 30 percent of the families incomes
gentrification a process of converting an urban neighborhood from a predominantly low-income, renter-occupied area to a predominantly middle-class owner-occupied
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