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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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 Steve’s dad, the late Ron Burton Sr., was an original Patriot running back in 1960 and dedicated his post-football days to helping underprivileged youngsters from the inner city. Dan Shaughnessy,, "A few stories of dads with special places in the sports world," 18 June 2018 Perez's prose effectively blends the voices and the visions of the two women — one from a poor rural southern upbringing, the other who grew up poor and homeless in Milwaukee’s inner city. John Schmid, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With childhood trauma in spotlight, Milwaukee native's book profiles woman who saves lives," 22 June 2018 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

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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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