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American CapitalsA Historical Geography$
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Christian Montès

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226080482

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226080512.001.0001

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Validating Models through a Chronological and Concrete Analysis

Validating Models through a Chronological and Concrete Analysis

Three Case Studies

(p.254) 8 Validating Models through a Chronological and Concrete Analysis
American Capitals

Christian Montès

University of Chicago Press

This chapter will test the model of complexity, while rendering it more concrete. It proposes a deeper study of the evolution of three capitals, encompassing their processes of choice as well as their subsequent evolution. The first, Columbus, Ohio, belongs to the category of capitals undergoing a contemporary metropolization process. It is also a new town built in the wilderness to be capital that grew to become one of the leading cities in its state. The second case, Des Moines, Iowa, is the central place of a mostly rural area that became its state’s leading city while remaining medium-sized. The last case, Frankfort, is an example of the small capital cities without hope of important growth and has never succeeded in rivaling the metropolises of Kentucky.

Keywords:   Columbus, Ohio, Des Moines, Iowa, Frankfort, Kentucky, Metropolization, Central place

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