Meaning of “inner city” - Learner’s Dictionary

inner city

noun [ C ] uk us

the part of a city that is closest to the centre, often where buildings are in a bad condition and there are social problems:

inner-city uk us /ˈɪnəˌsɪti/ adjective [ always before noun ]

inner-city schools

(Definition of “inner city” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)