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term designating commercial complexes that have grown up on the margins of large American cities, a development that dates mainly from the 1970s. The term was coined by Joel Garreau in his book Edge City: Life on the New Frontier (1991). Sometimes called "technoburbs," edge cities typically develop at the intersection of major highways and feature the amenities that serve large suburban populations in such locations—shopping malls, entertainment centers, hospitals, schools, regional airports, and the like. These settings have proved attractive to businesses for corporate headquarters, which are often sited on appealingly sylvan "campuses," and for office buildings that can house smaller companies. With convenient access and pleasant surroundings, edge cities avoid many inner-city problems. However, critics have noted in them marked class segregation and a diminished sense of community as well as, increasingly, such traditional urban ills as congestion and crime. Representative edge cities include Tysons Corner, Va., Edison Township, N.J., IrvineIrvine
, city (1990 pop. 110,330), Orange co., SW Calif.; inc. 1971. Its industries include the research and development of high-technology electronics, especially computer products, and the manufacture of motor vehicles, pharmaceuticals, aerospace vehicles and aircraft parts,
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, Calif., and PlanoPlano
, city (1990 pop. 128,713), Collin co., N Tex., less than 20 mi (32 km) NE of Dallas; inc. 1873. In a farm and livestock area on the blackland prairie, Plano is a booming financial and commercial center, with headquarters of many large national corporations.
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, Tex.


See study by J. Garreau (1991).

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Conditioned by writers such as Mowbry, Garreau's first reaction to an edge city was one of horror: "It seemed insane to me.
In her newest book, Everyday Revolutionaries: Working Women and the Transformation of American Life, Sally Helgesen presents a compelling (and for me, emotion producing) glimpse into the "Starbucks" society which is the public/private life of working women in the contemporary suburb, or edge city as she refers to it.
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Indeed, Brooks Pharmacy values its edge city markets as highly as those close-in to Boston, according to vice president of operations Bill Welsh.
In Edge City (New York: Anchor Books, 1992) Garreau describes the emergence of historically unique cities on the edge of urban landscapes.
American journalist Joel Garreau coined the phrase "edge city" in his book of the same name - Edge City.
Garreau defines an edge city with two key varibles: (1) at least 5 million square feet (465,000 square meters) of leasable office space, and (2) at least 600 thousand [ft.