Apartments in the Suburbs
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It is difficult to define just what is meant by an apartment boom in the suburbs-or at least to show statistically whether or not there has been one. Although the central city has recognizable features, it is not easy to delimit it or to show precisely how it changes in area over time. Partly in recognition of this, and partly because it would not be practicable to change boundaries frequently, the statistical central city of each SMSA is a fixed area that corresponds to the boundaries of a local government jurisdiction. In a growing city the central area would also be expected to grow, and sometimes it is known to shift.1 If central area land uses spill over into suburban areas, there can be a very large statistical increase in suburban apartment building without an increase in the area that is truly suburban.