Concentration and decentralization: The new geography of freight distribution in US metropolitan areas

This paper examines the suburbanization of warehousing and trucking activity within US metropolitan areas between the 1980s and the present using Gini indices as a measure of concentration. While historical work exists on the relocation of transportation and warehousing activity to suburban locations, there has been little to document the most recent shifts in warehousing and logistics. This research does so via spatial analysis of economic census data, finding that while most US metropolitan areas have experienced decentralization in the spatial distribution of freight-related activity, there is also some growth in core counties, indicating that a more complex process is going on than simple suburbanization.


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  • Accession Number: 01155131
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 13 2010 7:41AM