How do cities grow?



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This video is based on:
Muller, P.O. (2004) “Transportation and Urban Form: Stages in the Spatial Evolution of the American Metropolis”, in S. Hanson and G. Giuliano (eds) The Geography of Urban Transportation, 3rd Edition, New York: Guilford, pp. 59-84.

How do cities grow? On the surface, this question has a pretty simple answer. Cities grow out. They start out small, and as more people move in, they get bigger. Sure, cities grow up, too, but here in the United States cities really grow out. But there’s more to it than that. Cities grow out faster now than they did 150 years ago. And they don’t always grow evenly out from the center. Why?

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