Early models of the geography of the metropolis were unicellular: that is, they assumed
that the entire urban district would normally be dominated by a single central district, around
which the various economic functions of the community would be focused. This central
business district (CBD) is the source of so-called high-order goods and services, which can most
efficiently be provided from a central location rather than from numerous widely dispersed
locations. Thus, retailers of infrequently and irregularly purchased goods, such as fur coats,
jewelry, and antique furniture, and specialized service outlets, such as theaters, advertising
agencies, law firms, and government agencies, will generally be found in the CBD. By contrast,
less costly, more frequently demanded goods, such as groceries and housewares, and
low-order services, such as shoe repair and hairdressing, will be available at many small, widely
scattered outlets throughout the metropolis.
Both the concentric-ring model of the metropolis, first developed in Chicago in the late
nineteenth century, and the sector model, closely associated with the work of Homer Hoyt in
the 1930s, make the CBD the focal point of the metropolis. The concentric-ring model assumes
that the varying degrees of need for accessibility to the CBD of various kinds of economic
entities will be the main determinant of their location. Thus, wholesale and manufacturing firms,
which need easy accessibility to the specialized legal, financial, and governmental services
provided in the CBD, will normally be located just outside the CBD itself. Residential areas will
occupy the outer rings of the model, with low-income groups residing in the relatively crowded
older housing close to the business zone and high-income groups occupying the outermost ring,
in the more spacious, newer residential areas built up through urban expansion.
Homer Hoyt’s sector model is a modified version of the concentric-ring model. Recognizing
the influence of early established patterns of geographic distribution on the later growth of the
city, Hoyt developed the concept of directional inertia. According to Hoyt, custom and social
pressures tend to perpetuate locational patterns within the city. Thus, if a particular part of the
city (say, the east side) becomes a common residential area for higher-income families, perhaps
because of a particular topographical advantage such as a lake or other desirable feature,
future expansion of the high-income segment of the population is likely to proceed in the same
direction. In our example, as the metropolis expands, a wedge-shaped sector would develop on
the east side of the city in which the higher-income residence would be clustered.
Lower-income residences, along with manufacturing facilities, would be confined, therefore, to
the western margins of the CBD.
Although Hoyt’s model undoubtedly represented an advance in sophistication over the
simpler concentric-ring model, neither model fully accounts for the increasing importance of
focal points other than the traditional CBD. Recent years have witnessed he establishment
around older cities of secondary nuclei centered on suburban business districts. In other cases,
particular kinds of goods, services, and manufacturing facilities have clustered in specialized
centers away from the CBD, encouraging the development of particular housing patterns in the
adjacent areas. A new multicellular model of metropolitan geography is needed to express
these and other emerging trends of urban growth.
1. The primary purpose of the passage is to
(A) explain the significance of Hoyt’s concept of directional inertia and its effect on patterns of urban growth
(B) emphasize the inadequacy of past attempts to explain patterns of urban geography
(C) analyze two varying theories concerning the distribution of residential areas within and around the metropolis
(D) describe two models of metropolitan geography and suggest their limitations
(E) show the importance of the central business district as a focus for urban growth
2. It can be inferred from the passage that according to a unicellular urban model, law firms are commonly located near the center of a city mainly because
(A) law firms benefit from the proximity to financial and governmental services that a center city location provides
(B) the demand for legal services is too irregular to support many small law firms in the outer districts of the city
(C) law firms require accessibility to the wholesale and retail businesses that provide a major share of their clientele
(D) the high-income groups that make up the primary users of legal services demand easy access to the firms’ offices
(E) the specialized service personnel required by a law firm are often interested in residing as close as possible to the city center
3. According to the concentric-ring model, in which of the following orders (from the center of the city outward) would the areas of the typical city be arranged?
(A) central business district, low-income housing, wholesale and manufacturing businesses, high-income housing
(B) central business district, wholesale and manufacturing businesses, low-income housing, high-income housing
(C) wholesale and manufacturing businesses, central business district, low-income housing, high-income housing
(D) central business district, high-income housing, wholesale and manufacturing businesses, low-income housing
(E) wholesale and manufacturing businesses, low-income housing, central business district, high-income housing
4. According to the passage, the sector model differs from the concentric-ring model primarily in that it
(A) stresses the role of topographic features in determining patterns of urban development
(B) emphasizes the continuing expansion of the city as an influence on urban development
(C) recognizes the importance of focal points of urban growth other than the traditional central business district
(D) assumes that the need for access to the central business district is the main determinant of urban developmental patterns
(E) takes into account the influence of certain social factors on urban geographical patterns
5. The passage states that both the concentric-ring model and the sector model
(A) inadequately represent the forms of urban development emerging in today’s cities
(B) need to be considerably refined to be of real use to students of urban growth
(C) have been superseded by more recently developed models of urban growth
(D) represent older cities more accurately than they do newly founded metropolitan areas
(E) fail to explain the rapid outward growth of cities that has occurred in recent years
6. According to the passage, an updated model of urban geography would indicate the
(A) phenomenal growth in population and area of suburban residential districts beyond the limits of the city itself
(B) recent decline in the influence of business and industry over the geographical patterns of urban growth
(C) growing importance of urban business and service centers located away from the central business district
(D) clustering of business facilities in recently built areas, while older districts are turned into residential areas
(E) gradual displacement of older urban centers by new, more highly specialized cities in geographically dispersed locations
7. All of the following are examples of the emerging trends of urban growth described in the last paragraph of the passage EXCEPT
(A) the construction in a suburban community of a large shopping mall where many of the local residents do most of their buying
(B) the opening of an industrial park on the outskirts of a declining older city
(C) the construction of hospital-medical school complex near a highway fifteen miles from a downtown business district
(D) the building of a residential development near a suburban tool factory to house the factory workers and their families
(E) the creation of a luxury housing development in a rural setting thirty miles from the center of a city
8. Which of the following best describes the organization of the last paragraph of the passage?
(A) It summarizes the information presented in the first three paragraphs and draws some conclusions.
(B) It outlines a new model, applies it to recent phenomena, and argues in favor of its adoption.
(C) It introduces no evidence in support of an existing model.
(D) It evaluates two models in the light of recent evidence and advocates the development of a third model.
(E) It compares one model unfavorably with another and develops the comparison by citing examples.