Urban Ecological Research Methods Applied to the Cleveland, Ohio Metropolitan Area

Author: Humphreys, Adrien
Dutt, Ashok
This study aims at establishing a methodological justification for a meta-ecological research strategy for investigating and understanding the residential structure of urban areas. It demonstrates the applicability and usefulness of this approach as utilized in a residential analysis of the Cleveland Metropolitan Area. The analysis is comprised of three phases – conceptual, empirical and conceptual-empirical.


“. . . a carefully written and comprehensively researched volume that encompasses and synthesizes numerous aspects of urban geography and sociology. It proves at once to be both academically strong, drawing widely and critically on a vast literature, and policy relevant, particularly to those urban areas of the traditional U.S. manufacturing belt. Finally, the methodology of meta-ecological research strategy recognizes, as well as reinvigorates, past methodological milestones. . . . This work will prove to be a valuable contribution . . . the substantive findings concerning Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, Ohio provide an accurate portrayal of how a typical urban-industrial area has evolved in the context of the American urban system. . . . demonstrates how various currents of research (density gradients, for example) may either complement one another or be synthesized. . . . Finally, with a meta-ecological methodology in hand, social areas of cities may be more fully explored in an integrative, comprehensive and perhaps holistic fashion. . . .this book is a recommended addition to the library of urbanists who wish to engage in critical analysis of urban areas that is policy relevant in the opening decade of this century.” – George Pomeroy

“The authors give a very interesting, easy-to-read and provocative review of how to establish an analytical strategy for understanding fundamental theoretical concepts and empirical findings derived from the use of ecological approaches.” – John E. Benhart

Table of Contents

Preface; Foreword
1. Introduction
2. Urban Ecology
3. An Historical and Theoretical Background of the Analysis of Urban Residential Structure
4. The Factorial Approach
5. The Population Density Approach
6. The Segregation Approach
7. A New and Comprehensive approach for Studying the Residential Structure of Urban Areas
Bibliography; Index