TRANSPORTATION AND URBAN ECONOMIC STRUCTURE: CHICAGO CORE STUDY

THE EFFECT OF MOTOR TRANSPORT ON THE CITY IS ANALYZED, ASSUMING THAT CHICAGO FOLLOWED THE 19TH CENTURY PATTERN OF CONCENTRATED CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT WITH MANUFACTURING AND WAREHOUSING LOCATED NEARBY. THE FORCES CONTRIBUTING TO THE DIFFUSION OF ECONOMIC ACTIVITY IN URBANIZED AREAS AND THE SPECIFIC MANNER IN WHICH THESE FORCES HAVE INFLUENCED ECONOMIC ACTIVITY IN THE METROPOLITAN AREA ARE EXAMINED. PRIOR TO 1945, IMPROVED INTRA-URBAN ROADS ALLOWED GREATER MOBILITY WITHIN THE CITY, WHILE CITY- CORE DOMINANCE (ATTRIBUTED TO FAILURE OF GOODS MOVEMENT TO KEEP UP WITH PEOPLE MOVEMENT) CONTINUED. AFTER 1945, THE INTERSTATE SYSTEM ALLOWED GOODS TO BE SHIPPED STRAIGHT TO SUBURBAN PLANTS AND TERMINALS; ASSOCIATED WITH THIS WERE THE DECENTRALIZING FORCES OF CONGESTION COSTS AND LIMITED SCALE ECONOMIES. TO MODEL THESE FORCES, THREE INVESTMENT DECISIONS ARE LOOKED AT: (1) RELOCATIONS; (2) EXPANSION OF EXISTING PLANTS; (3) MIGRATION INTO NEW AREAS.

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  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Illinois, Chicago

    Center for Urban Studies
    Chicago, IL  USA  60680
  • Authors:
    • Moses, L N
    • Williamson, H M
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    • Volume: 3

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  • Accession Number: 00202162
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 20 1972 12:00AM