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ERIC Number: ED151492
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Nov
Reference Count: 0
City Size and the Quality of Life: An Analysis of the Policy Implications of Continued Population Concentration.
Elgin, Duane; And Others
This study explores the relationship between city size and quality of life as measured across environmental, social, political, systemic, preferential, and economic dimensions. Its primary objective is to assess the desirability of continued population concentration across these dimensions. It is noted that if historical distribution trends continue, by the year 2,000, two thirds of the American people will live within large metropolitan areas of one million or more people. However, recent distribution trends suggest there may be a substantial departure from these historical trends. The research summarized in this report indicates that for a substantial portion of the American population the trend to ever larger cities is considered undesirable. For them, the quality of urban life is inversely correlated with size of urban place. A conclusion of this study is that there appears to be a substantial amount of latent support for a national population redistribution policy aimed at greater population balance. For such a growth policy to be successful, it must deal with the underlying economic forces and mechanisms that create indesirable distribution patterns. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Policy Formation, Population Distribution, Population Growth, Population Trends, Public Policy, Quality of Life, Trend Analysis, Urban Areas, Urban Environment, Urban Population, Urban to Suburban Migration, Urbanization
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 ($2.15)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. RANN Program.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Research Inst., Menlo Park, CA.