Decentralization and Recentralization: Changing Paradigms of the Narrative of Metropolitan Demographics and Historiography
McGuinness, Eugene S., Jr.
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This paper is a discussion of the ongoing discourse between scholars of multiple ideologies concerning the commuting aspects of metropolitan decentralization and diversification, whilst concomitantly engaging works from various authors concerning urban core gentrification and capital proliferation. The paper seeks to establish gentrification, the replacement of low-income urban residents, as an autonomic process of capitalism in any moderate-to-large city, and establish gentrification as at least a partial causative factor for the outcomes of the resturcting of urban land markets in the poswar period. The paper includes a reviews of the relevant literature with narratives to gentrification in the urban core 1970-2010, and decentralization and diversification of American metropolitan areas 1970-2010, noting the ongoing limitations in the literature due to the far smaller corpus of relevant works. The paper also includes a data anlaysis with bilateral comparison of Atlanta and Chicago and contextuallyu defined 'tiers' of density following general concentric arrangement.