An ill-defined term describing the central business and commercial zone of a city, sometimes used when this zone has decayed as businesses and commercial activity have relocated to suburban malls with more abundant car parking facilities. The inner city then may become a wasteland of slum housing whose occupants often have multiple social and health problems. However, large general hospitals were usually located in inner cities in earlier times, and many remain there. A further stage of gentrification has occurred and has revitalized and renewed the prosperity of many formerly decayed inner city zones.
Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography — Public Health and Epidemiology.