The Growth Of The City Essay

780 Words Sep 18th, 2014 4 Pages
When a city and its metropolitan areas are designed and settled, the purposes for which an area is used are taken into consideration. This subject is examined by Sociologist Ernest Burgess in "The Growth of the City," in which he examines Chicago and vicinity. In addition, Bruce Epperson (2007), the author of “Eminence Domain: Reassessing the Life and Public Works of Robert Moses” examines the way in which Robert Moses geared his projects for New York City and the surrounding area (p.1). However, one may find that the way in which Moses plans projects for New York City may connect to the way in which Chicago was planned.
Before the formation of suburbs, the majority of Americans tended to live in cities as they were able to live a short commuting distance to work. If we examine the concentric zone model of the city based on research by Ernest Burgess (1967) in “The Growth of the City,” one can see how the city centers on the central business district (p. 94). According to the concentric zone model of the city, based on Chicago by Ernest Burgess, “This chart represents an ideal construction of the tendencies of any town or city to expand radially from its central business district – on the map “The Loop” (I). Encircling the downtown area there is normally an area in transition, which is being invaded by business and light manufacture (II). A third area (III) is inhabited by the workers in industries who have escaped from the area of deterioration (II) but who desire to live…

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