- March 28, 2020
Module 5 Assignment
TheConcentric Circles Theory was developed by two University of Chicagoprofessors Ernest Burgess and Robert Park who published their book,the city in 1925. In the book, the two theorists propose a model forthe organization of cities(“Concentric Zones of Building Age in Chicago | the GeographicSociety of Chicago”).In the model, the center of the city is occupied by the city’s mainbusiness district and is enclosed by a series of different land usesand some form of urban structures. In the model, Burgess and Parkpropose that individuals, more so the immigrants, will have to moveoutside of the city from the inner slums as they gain a highereconomic status that they were before. The city of Chicago beingtheir backyard, the structure that was proposed by Burgess and Parkin the theory can still be seen in the city.Thetheory was applied and although the designs are not applicable in themodern day, (“ConcentricZones of Building Age in Chicago | the Geographic Society ofChicago”).
Chicagois one of the most historical and largest cities in the United Statesof America. The city has beautiful structures together with geniusarchitectural designs that place it as one of the most preferredareas to live in. Inspired by the Concentric Circles model, the citystill has some elements of the theory that are visible today. It is,however, important to note that some of the blueprints of the modelsuch as residential succession is no longer applicable due toglobalization and liberalization that gives the residents the freedomto choose their preferred location to live in. Some structures in themap developed by Burgess and Park can still be seen today such as thesuccession plans that were eventually abandoned in the 1970s. Some ofthe areas that were earmarked for the construction for a high-costliving are now being occupied by the most poverty-stricken people inthe society(“Concentric Zones of Building Age in Chicago | the GeographicSociety of Chicago”).
“ConcentricZones of Building Age in Chicago | the Geographic Society ofChicago.” Features,The Geographic Society of Chicago, 4 Nov. 2011,http://www.geographicsociety.org/urban-dendrochronology-concentric-zones-of-building-age-in-chicago/. Accessed 11 Nov. 2016.