inner city


Definition of inner city

: the usually older, poorer, and more densely populated central section of a city

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inner-city adjective

Examples of inner city in a Sentence

The mayor is trying to attract new businesses to the inner city.

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Many hotel workers speak with accents: Eastern European, Central American, Southern dialects from the inner city to the Appalachians. Beth Thames |, al, "Show minimum wage workers some respect," 4 Sep. 2019 TriMet recommends those riders who are able to may be better off walking, taking Biketown bicycles, riding scooters or flexing their schedules if possible, to avoid the inner city closures., "TriMet MAX project will disrupt regional transit for two weeks, complicating airport travel," 31 July 2019 Can the charitable efforts at homeless assistance and private schooling in inner cities that Catsimatidis and Marcus crow over fill the funding gap for public programs? Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Two billionaires explain why they shouldn’t pay more taxes, unlike you poor saps," 15 Aug. 2019 PeopleShores, which trains professionals in rural areas and inner cities, is expanding in Mississippi. CNN, "Silicon Valley is changing the world. It must do more to ensure everyone benefits," 25 June 2019 In fact, many aging and once-declining communities—from Utica, New York to inner city St. Louis—have credited young, entrepreneurial refugees with reinvigorating their local economy and commercial main streets. Stephen Kaufer, Fortune, "TripAdvisor CEO: Businesses Must Step Up to Address the Refugee Crisis," 20 June 2019 President Donald Trumps’s attacks on Rep. Elijah Cummings ignited yet another week of controversy, amplifying the debate over race in the United States and the conditions of inner cities. Alana Abramson, Time, "President Trump's Attacks on Baltimore Came as Elijah Cummings Quietly Built Effective Investigations Into the Administration," 29 July 2019 Municipalities in Europe have been on an even more accelerated push to get diesel cars, in particular, out of inner cities. Los Angeles Times, "Fossil fuel vehicles hitting a dead end in Europe’s city centers," 27 July 2019 One of its early manifestations reflects the LDS ethos of self-reliance: in four inner cities the church is offering free courses on how poor people can manage their money. Erasmus, The Economist, "Overcoming the Mormon legacy on race," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of inner city

1958, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of inner city

: the central section of a large city where mostly poor people live

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