Meaning of “inner city” - Learner’s Dictionary

inner city

noun [ C ] us uk

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 adjective [ always before noun ] us uk /ˈɪnəˌsɪti/

inner-city schools

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