- an older part of a city, densely populated and usually deteriorating, inhabited mainly by poor, often minority, groups.
Origin of inner city
Examples from the Web for inner city
“Inner-city girls and suburban girls are not exposed to the out of doors and to the wilderness,” Hildebrand says.Why Are Girl Scout Camps Being Closed?
January 12, 2014
Child to a single mother, he grew up in inner-city Baltimore.'I Wasn’t Afraid of Jail. I Just Didn’t Want to Go Anymore.'
October 10, 2013
Those proved to be big words for a little girl growing up in inner-city Newark, N.J.Trailblazing Capt. Gail Harris on Her Many ‘Firsts’ in the Military
September 24, 2013
For the time being, “inner-city poverty” still sounds like a contradiction in terms to the Chinese ear.Ghosts in the Machine: The Story of China’s Rural Migrants and Their Uncertain Future
December 10, 2012
But words of peace are hard pressed to compete with a record company that can put up $3 million for words of inner-city war.Chicago Rapper Lil JoJo Went to His Grave for Taunting a Rival Gang Member
October 7, 2012
Eastside High School is located in an inner-city neighborhood and enrolls 3,200 students.What Works: Schools Without Drugs
United States Department of Education
- the parts of a city in or near its centre, esp when they are associated with poverty, unemployment, substandard housing, etc
- (as modifier)inner-city schools
A general term for impoverished areas of large cities. The inner city is characterized by minimal educational opportunities, high unemployment and crime rates, broken families, and inadequate housing. (See ghettos.)