THE TYPOLOGY OF THE AMERICAN METROPOLIS: MONOCENTRICITY, POLYCENTRICITY, OR GENERALIZED DISPERSION?
Abstract Although the spatial structure of employment in big U.S. metropolitan regions is a well-researched topic, there are few studies on midsize and small U.S. metropolitan regions. Consequently, there is less agreement on the overall typology of metropolitan regions in the United States of America. This study addresses this gap by investigating the spatial structure of 356 metropolitan regions. The main job centers/CBDs and subcenters were objectively located using 2010 Longitudinal Employer Dynamics (LED) data. With the located job centers, six typologies was conceptualized and measured for metropolitan regions based on the overlapping properties of ‘monocentricity’, ‘polycentricity’ and ‘generalized dispersion’ categories. We found that job dispersion is a dominant spatial characteristic in almost 70% of all MSAs, and also monocentricity with 55 % share is more common than polycentricity with only 35% share.
Key words patial Structure of Employment, Monocentricity, Polycentricity, Generalized Dispersion
Cite Hajrasouliha, A. H., & Hamidi, S. (2016). The typology of the American metropolis: monocentricity, polycentricity, or generalized dispersion?. Urban Geography, 1-25.