Modeling Gentrification

Gentrification is the process of middle income people taking over older neighborhoods in central cities by purchasing the homes, renovating them and changing the character  of the neighborhoods completely.  This process has been ongoing for decades and represents part of the back to the city movement of both capital and people in America, (Slater and …

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Rank Size Rule and Polynucleated Cities

This week I managed to read Michael Batty's (2001) paper on polynucleated urban landscape. Admittedly, the paper was published a long time ago, but the topic is still relevant as there is still a lot of interest in understanding the structure of system of urban places. Batty's paper essentially argues that the appearance of edge …

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Classical Models in Geography

Human geography, like other social science disciplines, has it fair share of models. Models are abstractions or simplifications of the inner working of complex phenomena that exist in the real world.  We build models to reflect out understanding of how things work.  The models will provide us with a way to describe phenomena as well …

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