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PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE: EXPANSION WITH (AND WITHOUT) GROWTH IN URBAN SYSTEMS UNDER A STRUCTURAL CRISIS

Kostas Rontos, Marco Zitti and Luca Salvati

Theoretical and Empirical Researches in Urban Management, 2017, vol. 12, issue 3, 16-31

Abstract: By reviewing long-term dynamics of urban expansion in a representative southern European city, this study proposes a long-term interpretation of Mediterranean urbanization as a result of a structural socioeconomic 'crisis' related to ineffective local governance, weak regional planning and peculiar demographic structures. Athens' expansion exemplifies the difficult transition of many southern European cities into a new and more convoluted urban arrangement depending on the intimate relationship between urban structure, urban planning, social attributes, cultural aspects and economic factors. The article concludes with a discussion on future development paths of the Mediterranean cities, identifying informality, non-linearity and unpredictability of expansion path as important traits for reconversion of 'crisis' cities towards more sustainable and competitive growth models

Date: 2017
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