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Chapter 2 Cities of US & Canada

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Wright State University
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Urs 2000 - Growth and Change in Urban Society

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Cities of the United States and Canada Growth and Change in Urban Societies Quebec City Canada Source www rvc org f destinations htm Cities of U S and Canada Demographics Total Population Percent Urban Population Total Urban Population No of Megacities No of Millionaire Cities 3 Largest Cities World Cities Global Cities 352 million 82 289 million 2 48 NY LA Chicago 10 see text New York Key Chapter Themes One of the most urbanized regions City reflects dominant era of growth Shaped by laissez faire capitalism Availability of land allowed spread sprawl of cities Most cities less than 200 years old City centers lost vibrancy unlike Europe and non western cities Key Chapter Themes New York has always dominated North America Los Angeles now dominates the West Coast But smaller cities like Dayton form the real base and are more typical than New York or LA US is a mix of land use multi nuclei growing suburbs declining core Canadian cities like Toronto have retained their downtown vibrancy Toronto Canada from CN Tower Source Feldmann etal Human Geography McGraw Hill 10th ed 2008 South Manhattan New York City from Brooklyn Driving Forces in City Growth 1 2 3 4 5 Highest and Best Use The Urban Growth Machine Residential Homogeneity Immigration Transportation Driving Forces in City Growth 1 Highest and Best Use The business of America is business Highest and best use determines what goes where based on rent paying potential Explains dominance of high rise office towers hotels dept stores and other specialized buildings in the downtowns Driving Forces in City Growth 2 Urban Growth Machine The movers and shakers Alliance of Big Business City Government Real Estate Developers Newspapers City leaders planning for the future of our city Driving Forces in City Growth 3 Residential Homogeneity Birds of a feather flock together Residential neighborhoods tend to have fairly homogeneous populations based upon Household Income Family Status Race Ethnicity Causes Free choice Ability to



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