Urbanization and spatial organization: Hospital and orphanage location in Chicago, 1848-1916

Marcus Britton*, William Ocasio

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Abstract

What factors affect where organizations locate facilities in local communities? This paper examines how urban development influenced the neighborhood location of two very different types of facilities, general hospitals and orphanages, over the 70-year period during which Chicago emerged as an urban metropolis. Our results suggest that the human ecology and growth machine perspectives explain aspects of facility location not accounted for by the spatial density dependence model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1303-1317
Number of pages15
JournalSocial Forces
Volume85
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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