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Economy, Place, and Culture

Abstract

It was not long ago that economic activities exhibited clear, observable, and intelligible spatial configurations; they were geographically distributed in ways that made social sense. The spheres of production and consumption, and also worlds of work, exhibited spatial clarity, as did accompanying means of exchange and communication. Even though urban growth was ruthlessly driven by commercial interests, the nineteenth-century American city was highly legible with clear linkages between workers and their places of work and between merchants and their customers.

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Central Place Economic Inequality Safety Zone Spatial Constraint Central Place Theory 
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