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Title:Illinois Government Research no. 39 1975: The Smaller Metropolitan Areas of Illinois Revisited
Author(s):Gottheil, Diane Levitt; Welch, Susan
Subject(s):Illinois government
State government
Abstract:After providing an overview of population changes in Illinois metropolitan areas during the 1960s, this paper reevaluates and updates the findings of Coke from a number of perspectives. First, using both city and county census data, we compare the downstate and Chicago metropolitan areas in 1960 and 1970. Insofar as possible we have relied on the same indicators as Coke. Second, we have broadened the scope of the analysis by using additional, "quality of life" indicators to compare the two areas. We specify the criteria on which a downstate- Chicago comparison could be based, and then compare the areas according to these criteria. Adding quality of life indicators to the economic measures used by Coke yields conclusions somewhat different from his 1962 results. Third, from our updated and broadened findings we reevaluate Coke's argument concerning public attention to the problems of medium-sized cities.
Issue Date:1975-04
Publisher:Institute of Government and Public Affairs. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Series/Report:Illinois Government Research, no. 39 (April 1975)
Genre:Working / Discussion Paper
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright 1975 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2008-12-05

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