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Urban economics; Industrial location; Minneapolis Metropolitan Area (Minn.); Saint Paul Metropolitan Area (Minn.)


The spatial and temporal dynamism of manufacturing industry in a metropolitan area is a vital aspect of urban morphology. The Twin City area is analyzed with respect lo changing overall patterns of industrial location over the time period 1946 to 1967. A centralizing tendency strongly emerged in the early years, but a marked decentralization prevailed later. The city boundary proved to be an economic as well as a political and socio-cultural barrier in terms of plant relocation. Decisions were dominated by space considerations, transportation technology and availability, and zoning regulations. The pattern of suburbanization of manufacturing, which occurred somewhat belatedly in the Twin Cities, seems likely lo continue, especially in the west and south, although with modifications due to highway and airport developments.

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