The Most Famous Models for How Cities Grow Are Wrong?


This Chicago School model suggests that cities grow steadily outward from the urban core or central business district. Surrounding this commercial core is a “zone in transition,” with factories and warehouses. Beyond this comes the tenements and apartments of the working class, next the middle-class neighborhoods of larger homes, and ultimately the affluent commuter zones.

How well has this model — or, really, any model — held up over the past century of urban growth?

Source: The Atlantic Cities.