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Movement to this zone frequently represents an attempt to escape from immigrant colonies, as families achieve greater economic security and a higher level of assimilation. Farther out are the homes of the more affluent who can better afford to live at such a distance from the core. Burgess' scheme, therefore, captures the close relationship between urban spatial and class structures. Burgess presented his concentric zone scheme linked to Park's theory of natural areas as a general framework within which a series of research projects at the University of Chicago at that time were being conducted.

Sub-town. Contained three of the above indicators; 3. Urban village. Contained only two of these indicators; 4. Rural village. Contained only one indicator (Spelt 1972, 96-97). Reflecting the important role transportation plays in facilitating urban growth, the "fully-fledged towns" were found along the edge of Lake Ontario. The trends that had begun prior to 1851 intensified in later decades, especially as a result of the replacement of water transportation by the railway system as the basic mode of communication.

Towns and villages 3: Canadian Urban Growth 45 without immediate access to a railway connection experienced significant declines. The railways encouraged the spread of the money economy, with farmers participating even more deeply in the market system: "Soon the population of the back townships could pay cash for manufactured goods and all kinds of services, which in turn stimulated the urban centres in those townships (Spelt 1972, 138). Manufacturing establishments grew in size and were concentrated in larger cities, particularly in Toronto.

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