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Perspectives on the city-region

John Parr

Regional Studies, 2005, vol. 39, issue 5, 555-566

Abstract: Parr J. B. (2005) Perspectives on the city-region, Regional Studies 39 , 555-566. The significance of the city-region as a key feature of the space economy of a nation has been acknowledged for some time. Recently, however, there has been a spate of interest in the city-region, and the reasons for this are varied. The form of a typical city-region is discussed, with consideration given to its zonal structure and the accompanying inter-zonal interaction. Such interaction, which occurs with respect to trade, commuting, capital movements, etc., does not imply that the city-region represents a closed economy. The long-term evolution of the city-region is outlined, and a pattern of concentration followed by deconcentration is identified. Certain technical issues relating to the form of the city-region are then examined. Finally, there is a brief review of the different ways in which the city-region has been defined in the UK over recent years.

Keywords: City-region; Zonal structure; Zonal interaction; Openness; Alternative perceptions; Cite-region; Structure en zones; Interaction des zones; Ouverture; Autres perceptions; Stadtregion; zonale Struktur; zonale Wechselwirkung; Offenheit; alternative Auffassungen; Ciudad-region; Estructura zonal; Interaccion zonal; Percepciones alternativas; JEL classifications: R11; R12; R23; R38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2005
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