The Central City in the Postindustrial Age

  • Leland S. Burns
  • John Friedmann
Part of the Environment, Development and Public Policy book series (EDPC)


Some of the major economic trends—particularly the continuing growth of the service industries—would seem to favor large central cities. Services provide many jobs of the kind that fit the characteristics of the segment of the labor force that is most unemployment-prone: unskilled or semiskilled work, often part-time, frequently calling for interests and talents found among groups living in the central cities. But there is a catch-22 situation here. Public service jobs have a definite ceiling imposed by fiscal restraints; in fact, resistance to increased public outlays is growing. Private service jobs are in an underdeveloped state. And therein lies a tale, a tale which is all tied up with the socioeconomic transformation on which we are embarked.


Central City Service Industry Metropolitan Region Service Category Child Care Worker 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Leland S. Burns
    • 1
  • John Friedmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of Architecture and Urban PlanningUniversity of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

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