Source: adapted from A. Bertaud (2003) "Metropolitan Structures
Around the World".
Population Density by Distance from City Center, Selected Cities
There are notable differences in population
density gradients from the city center among large world
cities. For Asian and European
cities, there is a steep gradient related to compact and relatively
well delaminated urban areas while in North America the density
gradient is much less pronounced. Paris clearly shows up as a city
with a strong center, while Los Angeles
is a motorized city of relatively
uniform density. In several cases, population
density increases at the fringe of the central business district,
implying that CBD is dominated by commercial and institutional
functions that are not prone to residential uses. Others have higher densities at peripheral
locations, underlining the presence of sub-centers.