Polarised growth within a multi-growth-centre environment: a case study of the United States 1920-1970.

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Describes a method to test for polarised growth within a multi-growth-centre environment. Application of the method in the United States shown that there are centres around which growth is polarised. However, this polarisation is not as straightforward as expected and it is shown that the type of polarisation can vary with time and with the size of centres to which growth is diffused. For example, in recent decades small centres were positively polarised around growth centres whereas large centres were negatively polarised. The latter result is an indication that the use of growth centres may not always be a good regional planning tool. By analysis of the polarisation of growth rates in a system of centres, information is also given on the mechanism of growth diffusion. -Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)193-208
Number of pages16
JournalEnvironment and Planning A
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1979
Externally publishedYes


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  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)

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