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Making Sense of Urban Patterns


  • Jeffrey Brinkman


Why do cities everywhere exhibit the same general patterns of density and development? And how can we explain some striking variations? The streets of Philadelphia roll west through a collage of urban environments familiar to city dwellers nearly everywhere. From Penn Square, the central site of the iconic stone City Hall, Market Street traverses a canyon of concrete and glass office buildings that gradually give way to commercial and apartment structures and mixed uses. A mile from City Hall, the busy thoroughfare crosses the Schuylkill River, and density again picks up as the University of Pennsylvania anchors a second employment hub.

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  • Jeffrey Brinkman, 2017. "Making Sense of Urban Patterns," Economic Insights, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, vol. 2(1), pages 1-5, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedpei:00013

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    1. James DiSalvo & Ryan Johnston, 2016. "How Dodd–Frank affects small bank costs," Banking Trends, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, issue Q1, pages 1-6.
    2. James DiSalvo & Ryan Johnston, 2016. "Banking trends: how Dodd–Frank affects small bank costs," Economic Insights, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, vol. 1(1), pages 14-18, January.
    3. James DiSalvo & Ryan Johnston, 2015. "How Our Region Differs," Banking Trends, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, issue Q3, pages 16-22.
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    1. Jeffrey Lin, 2017. "Understanding Gentrification’s Causes," Economic Insights, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, vol. 2(3), pages 9-17, July.


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