Urban Geography

Urban Geography

An Introductory Analysis

2nd Edition - January 1, 1972

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  • Author: James H. Johnson
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483181547

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Urban Geography: An Introductory Analysis, Second Edition provides a concise and pertinent description of geography in the urban area. Analysis of such factors as town planning, climate, and soil chemistry is given. A section of the book enumerates the elements of urban growth. The historical backgrounds of the first cities are discussed. Some of these cities are found in ancient Greece, Italy, and Egypt. Descriptions of urban populations based on occupation are also covered in the book. The book also focuses on such topics as the locations, spacing, and size of urban settlements. A section of the book discusses the characteristics of capital cities like the city of London. Residential and manufacturing areas are explained and identified in the book. A comprehensive review of theories of urban structure is also given. A good list of reference materials regarding geographical writing is included at the end of the book. The text can provide valuable insight for students and researchers of geography and the general public.

Table of Contents

  • List of Illustrations

    List of Tables

    Editor's Foreword to the Series


    Preface to the Second Edition


    1. Factors in Urban Growth

    The origin of the First Cities

    The Extension of Urban Life to Europe

    The Medieval Revival of Urban Growth

    The Impact of the Industrial Revolution

    Current Factors behind Urban Growth

    2. Urban Society and Urban Form

    The Colonial City

    The Urge to Build in the Grand Manner

    The Search for an Ideal City

    Transport and the Urban Plan

    3. Demographic Characteristics of Urban Populations

    Rural and Urban Contrasts

    Internal Population Variations

    Intra-Urban Migration

    Gradients of Population Density within Cities

    4. Occupational Characteristics of Urban Populations

    The Structure of Urban Occupations

    The Basic/Non-Basic Concept

    Theoretical Objections to the Basic/Non-Basic Concept

    Occupations and the Classification of Cities

    Recent Developments in Urban Classification

    5. The Location, Spacing and Size of Urban Settlements

    Factors in the Location of Cities

    Urban Zones of Influence

    The Hinterlands of a Metropolis

    The Urban Hierarchy

    Central Place Theory

    6. The City Center

    Accessibility as a Characteristic Feature

    The Three-Dimensional Quality of City Centers

    The Absence of Residential Population

    Manufacturing in the Central Business District

    Internal Specialization within the City Center

    7. Residential Suburbs

    Suburban Growth in Britain and the United States between the Wars

    Developments since the Second World War

    The Rise of Distinctive Residential Areas

    Suburban Retail Outlets

    The Journey to Work

    The Rural-Urban Fringe

    The Limitation of Urban Spread

    8. Manufacturing Areas in Cities

    The Attraction of Large Cities for Industry

    Industrial Areas Close to the City Center

    The Expansion of Suburban Manufacturing

    Industrial Areas Dependent upon Bulk Transport

    9. Theories of Urban Structure

    The Concentric Theory

    The Sector Theory

    The Multi-Centered City

    Gradient Analysis

    The Form of the Pre-Industrial City

    The Dual Structure of Colonial Cities

    Current Models of Urban Development

    A Note on Further Reading


Product details

  • No. of pages: 220
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 2013
  • Published: January 1, 1972
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483181547

About the Author

James H. Johnson

About the Editor

W. B. Fisher

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