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inner city

an older part of a city, densely populated and usually deteriorating, inhabited mainly by poor, often minority, groups.
Compare central city.
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inner-city, adjective Unabridged
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  • Rural students are in many ways as at risk as inner city students.
  • For example, more business travelers than leisure travelers stay at inner city hotels.
  • Well if you are always in clogged inner city streets and not on suburban expressways, it is excessive.
  • Soldiers were piling up sandbags, checking cars, sealing off the inner city.
  • Violent crime is at historic lows right now, even in the inner city.
  • Many of those who fought their way into public housing, on the other hand, have become stuck in the inner city.
  • Non-whites were left with high-rise blocks and private rental units in the inner city, which at the time were less desirable.
  • My husband, when teaching in an inner city high school, told me of an encounter he had with the parent of a bright senior.
  • The barriers were built to hold the floodwater back from surging to inner city areas.
  • inner city kids get archery, hunting thanks to warden.
British Dictionary definitions for inner city

inner city

  1. the parts of a city in or near its centre, esp when they are associated with poverty, unemployment, substandard housing, etc
  2. (as modifier): inner-city schools
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inner city in Culture

inner city definition

A general term for impoverished areas of large cities. The inner city is characterized by minimal educational opportunities, high unemployment and crime rates, broken families, and inadequate housing. (See ghettos.)

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