Urban decentralization: a redefinition applied to the urban field of Chicago

S. Krakover, A. Kellerman

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Recent studies reflect growing awareness of the complexity of the decentralization process in large urban regions. Nevertheless, most studies treat the decentralization phenomenon via methods unsuited to its complex nature. In this study, decentralization is perceived as a multi-component process consisting of: distance, space, time, pace, direction, and intensity. The interplay among these components helps to define the concept and together they constitute the decentralization pattern for any specific production sector. Decentralization is analyzed by a spatiotemporal polynomial power series model suggested by Krakover. This method is capable of presenting patterns of structural change in urban regions by inspection of five out of the six components (space is excluded). The method is applied using employment data from five production sectors in the urban field of Chicago. The results demonstrate the advantages of the proposed method for the analysis of the process of decentralization. -Authors

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-67
Number of pages17
JournalGeography Research Forum
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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