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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Under Marten, Central was cited as a successful inner city school by experts local and national. Peter Rowe,, "Cindy Marten's fortune: leading San Diego Unified forward while suffering personal setbacks," 24 June 2018 Sewell said Stewart Industries will give hiring preference to former Kaiser Aircraft employees, and the company will reinstate Kaiser's former program of training inner city school candidates for the aviation industry. Erin Edgemon,, "Aviation company expanding to Birmingham, hiring up to 500," 4 Apr. 2018 Urban renewal and highway clearance programs have forced black people more and more into congested pockets of the inner city. Burt Solomon, The Atlantic, "Our Back Pages: The Atlantic and Civil Rights," 4 Apr. 2018 While efforts to desegregate inner cities continue at a frustratingly slow pace, fair housing advocates did win significant victories during the Obama years. Rachel M. Cohen, New Republic, "The Fight for the Suburbs," 17 Jan. 2018 Both artists hail from inner cities—New York and Atlanta, respectively—where black communities bustle with vibrance and flavor, and serve as the literal birthplace of culture writ large. Glynn Pogue, Vogue, "In Defense of Cardi B’s Baby Name," 13 July 2018 The city definitely has a guiding principle that CTfastrak has to have good interchange with the new rail and bus station and the inner city bus system. Kenneth R. Gosselin, Courant Community, "Hartford's Union Station May Be Used By CTfastrak Under Redevelopment Plan," 9 July 2018 Cousins also loves high school football and supporting schools in the inner city. Jason Jones, sacbee, "Looking past DeMarcus Cousins’ scowl: What the Warriors will learn about the ‘Big Kid’," 4 July 2018 Under a President Bobby Kennedy, the Bed-Stuy project might have been a beacon for economic revitalization across all America’s inner cities. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "RFK, Civic Republican," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of inner city

1958, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inner city was in 1958

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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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