WHEN THE URBAN FRINGE IS NOT SUBURBAN*

Authors

  • JASON JINDRICH

    1. Postdoctoral research associate at the Initiative in Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island 02912.
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    I would like to acknowledge the contributions of Dr. Colten, his staff, and several reviewers whose comments and assistance were incredibly helpful.

abstract.

Research on the history of suburbs tends to either disregard the fringe of urban development or locate it beyond the city limits. In this article I argue that compounding fringe and suburban development misrepresents the real differences between the two. I then examine the metropolitan regions of three major U.S. cities-Baltimore, Buffalo, and Saint Louis in 1880 for evidence of how they differed. A consistent difference emerged between the residents of the suburban districts of a city and those of the presumed location of the fringe.

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