Many of those who study economic development increasingly understand the importance of economically inclusive regions. This generally means a strong interconnection of economic activity within the region. For example, the Central Business District would be economically tied to neighborhoods within the city and the central city would be connected to outlying hinterlands. Recently, the Brookings Institute has released a nice tool to explore the intersection of economic growth (Size of the economy), prosperity (quality of growth), and inclusion (distribution of growth):
Link to the Tool
I am an assistant professor of political science at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). I completed my Ph.D. in Public Policy and Public Administration at George Washington University.