Chapter 9: Urban Geography

Objectives

Over the course of this unit, the student will:

* Understand and describe the evolution of cities

* Explain how cities are organized, and how urban patterns vary around the world

* Describe the challenges of inner cities and suburbs

* Apply Christaller's Central Place Theory to the distribution of urban areas in a region

Vocabulary

acropolis
agglomeration
agora / forum
agricultural village
central business district (CBD)
city
commuter zone
counterurbanization
deindustrialization
disamenity sector
edge city
favela
first urban revolution
formal economy
functional zonation
gated communities
gentrification
ghetto
hinterland
informal economy
infrastructure
leadership class
McMansion
megacity
new urbanism
primate city
range
shantytown/squatter settlement/slum
social stratification
suburbanization
Sunbelt phenomenon
threshold
urbanization
urban morphology
urban sprawl
world city
zone in transition (ZIT)
zoning law 

MODELS
African City model
Bid-rent theory
Central Place theory (Christaller)
Concentric Zone model (Burgess)
Latin American City model (Griffin-Ford)
Multiple Nuclei model (Harris/Ullman)
Southeast Asian City model (McGee model)
Rank-Size rule
Sector model (Hoyt)
Urban Realms / Galactic City / Edge Cities model

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