Edge City

Edge City is a term used to describe an area of rapid growth situated distinctly outside the ‘downtown’ of a city. The area is usually a place which was a small settlement around 30 years prior and then with the addition of nearby freeways and airports becomes a focus for new development.

Key aspects of an Edge Town are:

  • 5 million square feet or more of office space
  • 600,000 square feet of retail space
  • More jobs than bedrooms – a large number of commuters
  • A perception as a distinct and singular place
  • A distinct difference between its current state and its appearance 30 years prior.

The Edge City emerged in America, as a new type of urban development. Similar examples in Europe tend to be more closely related to the city edge in a collaborative existence rather than the American Edge City which compete with the original city.

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