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The Perimetropolitan Bow Wave

John Fraser Hart
Geographical Review
Vol. 81, No. 1 (Jan., 1991), pp. 35-51
DOI: 10.2307/215175
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/215175
Page Count: 17
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The Perimetropolitan Bow Wave
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Abstract

The periphery of every American metropolis has an irregular zone where the least intensive urban landuses are steadily displacing the most intensive rural ones. This urban-rural fringe is the new metropolitan frontier, a perimetropolitan bow wave that pushes outward as the vanguard of urban expansion. The fringe for one generation becomes a suburban zone for the next, and the agricultural activities are pushed farther out to a new fringe. A case study of the region within a fifty-mile radius of Times Square in New York City illustrates the bow-wave phenomenon.

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