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The City, RevisitedUrban Theory from Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York$
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Dennis R. Judd and Dick Simpson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665754

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665754.001.0001

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Both Center and Periphery

Both Center and Periphery

Chicago’s Metropolitan Expansion and the New Downtowns

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The City, Revisited

Costas Spirou

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter presents examples that contradict the position of L.A. School scholars that metropolitan development is evolving devoid of downtowns and identifiable centers. It argues that this assertion is geographically and historically limited, and does not appear to describe twenty-first-century metropolitan patterns of development. Chicago’s dominance in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as an industrial powerhouse helped nearby satellite, industrial cities of the region—Aurora, Elgin, Joliet, and Waukegan—grow their economies. It is shown that the depressed Chicagoland downtowns left behind following deindustrialization and decentralization are rebounding once again. They are reemerging as viable, sought-after spaces for living, working, and playing.

Keywords:   Chicago, cities, urban development, urban growth, urban studies, Los Angeles, downtown, metropolitan, L.A. School

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