inner city

noun
an older part of a city, densely populated and usually deteriorating, inhabited mainly by poor, often minority, groups.
Compare central city.


Origin:
1960–65

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

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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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Example sentences
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.
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