inner city


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


    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

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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