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Deconcentration without a 'clean break'


  • P Gordon


This report reviews recent papers which argue that urbanization trends in the US show a reversal of past patterns. The review suggests that a reversal is not obvious and may simply appear as a result of a statistical artifact: urbanization which has spilled over metropolitan boundaries may simply be more of the same outward growth but would show up as a metropolitan-to-nonmetropolitan growth shift. A new data file for eighteen other developed countries is examined. These data are suitable for computations of various versions of the Hoover index of population concentration. Such calculations suggest that the eighteen countries examined are experiencing more traditional urban outward expansion. This adds to scepticism of the reversal or 'clean break' hypothesis.

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  • P Gordon, 1979. "Deconcentration without a 'clean break'," Environment and Planning A, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 11(3), pages 281-290, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:pio:envira:v:11:y:1979:i:3:p:281-290

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    1. Harry W. Richardson & Peter Gordon, 2000. "Compactness or Sprawl: America's Future vs. the Present," Working Paper 8645, USC Lusk Center for Real Estate.
    2. Aliye Ahu Akgun & Tuzin Baycan-Levent & Peter Nijkamp, 2010. "Business dynamics as the source of counterurbanisation: an empirical analysis of Turkey," International Journal of Sustainable Development, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 13(1/2), pages 200-215.

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