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0 6 % m e a n s that e a c h 1 0 0 % i n c r e a s e in a c i t y ' s 1 9 5 0 l a n d a r e a a d d e d , o n a v e r a g e , 6 p e r c e n t a g e p o i n t s to t h e city's p o p u l a t i o n g r o w t h o v e r t h e d e c a d e . W h a t a r e w e to m a k e o f this s e e m i n g l y trivial coefficient e s t i m a t e ? P e r h a p s t h e k e y e x p l a n a t i o n is t h a t it r e f e r s o n l y t o t h e e x p e r i e n c e s o f t h e cities t h a t actually a n n e x e d n e w t e r r i t o r y d u r i n g t h e t w o d e c a d e s , t h a t is, n o t t o a n y o f t h e i n d u s t r i a l c i t i e s .

Q u o t e d February Suburbs, and States (New York: Free Press, Times 1 9 7 b , p p . 3 2 et seq. i n N e a l R. P e i r c e , " B r i n g i n g J o b s t o P e o p l e , " Dallas 1978. 1975). York Times Herald, 26 28 CITY LIFE-CYCLES A N D A M E R I C A N U R B A N POLICY in a s s e s s i n g t h i s i s s u e , t h e n e x t c h a p t e r s u r v e y s t h e d e m o g r a p h i c d i m e n s i o n s of t h e city l i f e - c y c l e . A P P E N D I X : T H E P O T E N T I A L BIAS I N T H E CITY A G E CLASSIFICATION I n d e v i s i n g a n i n d e x of city a g e , I b e g a n w i t h t h e 3 0 l a r g e s t c i t i e s — l e g a l c i t i e s — a s of t h e last c e n s u s y e a r , 1 9 7 0 .

C o n s i d e r t h e list: (a) i n i t i a l i n d u s t r i a l s t r u c t u r e , (b) s u b s e q u e n t city a n d m e t r o p o l i t a n g r o w t h , (c) c i t y s u b u r b a n p o l i t i c a l s e p a r a t i o n , a n d (d) city fiscal p o s i t i o n . E a c h s e e m s to d i v i d e c o n s i s t e n t l y b e t w e e n t h o s e cities w h o s e f o r m a t i v e d e v e l o p ment preceded World W a r I and those whose main growth has come 7 more recently. T h e n e x t p o i n t t o c o n s i d e r is t h a t u r b a n l e g a c i e s a l s o d i f f e r syst e m a t i c a l l y by region—and in p a r t i c u l a r , b e t w e e n t h e M a n u f a c t u r i n g Belt a n d t h e rest of t h e n a t i o n .

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