Stabilizing the Metropolis Through Penetrating Suburban Neighborhoods: An Analytical Systems Approach

Samuel J. Bernstein
W. Giles Mellon

DOI: 10.2190/69E7-GJUW-DUVX-NRX1


Concentrations of poor, generally minority group residents in core cities is a major problem confronting the nation for the present and proximate future. The following is a quantitative approach for effectively analyzing the consequences of this problem and recommending policies for its resolution.

At the core of the approach is a systems framework which models the urban-suburban relationship. Its purpose is to provide the methodology for demonstrating solutions through penetrating suburbs and dissolving ghettos with a limited disruption to the former and a significant improvement in the latter. Overall, the aim is to show the way for redressing the imbalanced growth characteristic of metropolitan regions today by equalizing the growth and decay rates within the suburban and inner city areas, thereby making cities more attractive.

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