Urban Structure and Geographical Access to Public Services

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The spatial structure of urban areas limits the geographical accessibility of public services to some income groups. Simulation analyses show that this limiting effect-the spatial constraint-varies among study areas depending on the relative locations and densities of income groups. In typical Western cities, however, the spatial constraint implies that the bulk of possible service locations are physically more accessible to low- than to high-income groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)347-354
Number of pages8
JournalAnnals of the Association of American Geographers
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1982
Externally publishedYes


  • accessibility
  • correlation coefficient
  • distributional impact
  • public service location
  • spatial constraint

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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