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.
Recent Examples on the Web As originally conceived, the film was about a Republican operative in the inner city, who saw an opportunity to make a narrative with the black community. David Sims, The Atlantic, "‘Our Problem-Solving Mechanism Has Broken Down’," 24 June 2020 Regardless of location, inner city or suburb, every child has value., "Behind the Black Lives Matter mural: Artists' speak to equality, family and hope," 19 June 2020 Many patients were from the inner city and had a lot of comorbid conditions. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, "Common Steroid Could Be Cheap and Effective Treatment for Severe COVID-19," 17 June 2020 Draymond Green has worked in the past five years with the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE), which helps collaborate partnerships with law enforcement, schools and inner city youth. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "What Warriors' Steve Kerr, Bob Myers have learned from their players about racial issues," 14 June 2020 Hodges has always made racial inclusion and serving the inner city a theme of the church. al, "Cancel Pastor Chris Hodges? Church of the Highlands faces social media firestorm," 12 June 2020 Community policing is a very viable option to address the needs of inner city communities. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland, "Local pastor tells congressional police reform hearing that police cuts made Cleveland 'unbelievably unsafe’," 10 June 2020 Playing elite travel baseball can be seriously expensive, limiting opportunities for some, especially in the inner city. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's best high school baseball player keeps defying the odds in path to majors," 7 June 2020 Frazier grew up in the inner city of Philadelphia in the 1960s during the time when Martin Luther King, Jr. was leading protests. Vanessa Yurkevich, CNN, "There are just four black CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. Here's how three are addressing the death of George Floyd," 1 June 2020

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First Known Use of inner city

1958, in the meaning defined above

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“Inner city.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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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