The suburbanization of retail trade: a U.S. nationwide view

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The Censuses of Business 1958, 1963 and 1967 and the Censuses of Retail Trade 1972 and 1977 provide data on retail sales in CBDs and major retail centers (MRCs) of SMSAs. Through this period sales in MRCs increased while CBDs lost, reflecting the decline in the population and income of central cities. However, MRCs grew faster until 1963 compared to the late sixties and seventies, due to the rapid diffusion of MRCs all over the country in the early sixties. Retail sales in CBDs continued to decline through the seventies. The trends of increase in MRC retail sales reflect several stages of suburbanization of population, and an increase in the 'doughnut effect'.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-23
Number of pages9
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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