William L. Bailey, "Appraising Urban Communities: Techniques and Objectives"


February, 1940, Volume XVI, Number 1

"As a matter of fact, about half of the basal items employed by Edward L. Thorndike in his provocative little book, Your City [1], published in 1939, are of this economic or semi-economic character, and the economic note dominates his argument and conclusions, almost as much as the sociological, even in the broader sense of that term mentioned above." (1)

"It will be of interest to economists to find that features of community life which business and industrial surveys and many chambers of commerce have long and generally stressed show extremely slight correlations with G, or "general goodness." For example, the correlation figure for population rank is .06; for population density, .00; for recent rate of population growth, .11; and even age and sex composition of the population shows only slight correlation. Negative correlations of significance were: the gainful occupation of girls, -.63; gainful occupation of married women, -.10; percentage of negroes, -.60; number of factor workers per 1,000 of the population, -.01." (6)

[1] New York: Harcourt, Brace & Co., 1939.

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