inner city


Definition of inner city

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

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Examples of inner city in a Sentence

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

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These are programs formed to call a halt to the violence in inner cities that a misguided honor code has helped bring about. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, "‘Why Honor Matters’ Review: Taking Things Personally," 3 Aug. 2018 In other videos, the NRA seemed to push the idea that people who live in inner cities should arm themselves against gangs, not succumb to gun restrictions. Astead W. Herndon,, "Threatened by youth movement, NRA exploits racial divisions," 29 Mar. 2018 What’s your message to some people in inner cities — who live in mostly black and Latino neighborhoods — who experience gun violence on a daily basis but feel as if their voices are not heard. Kurtis Lee,, "Kris Brown, co-president of the Brady Campaign, talks gun control, student activists and Trump," 8 Mar. 2018 And don’t forget, the 1960s summit of the American middle class and shared prosperity also saw the persistent crisis of impoverished Appalachia and growing economic distress of inner cities. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "In America’s ‘geography of despair,’ how to help the left-behind places?," 21 Nov. 2018 What has to happen in Chicago, and not just inner cities. Fox News, "'Angel moms' weigh in on the immigration debate," 24 Aug. 2018 Each satellite would provide light in a circle between 6 and 25 miles wide, enough to guarantee coverage of at least the inner city, and sometimes enough to cover the entire metropolitan area. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "China Wants to Replace Streetlights With a Trio of Artifical Moons," 19 Oct. 2018 Students from schools across the nation met and spoke with Democratic members of the House to discuss recent school shootings and gun violence in inner city neighborhoods. Alex Daugherty, miamiherald, "Parkland and Liberty City students plot a gun-control push in Washington | Miami Herald," 23 May 2018 The schools instead became charters, publicly funded alternatives to existing schools that got lackluster results in the inner cities of Baltimore and Philadelphia, where Whittle had been awarded contracts. Sam Tanenhaus, Town & Country, "Can Chris Whittle Launch a Truly Global School?," 10 July 2018

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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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