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URBAN CLUSTERS AS GROWTH FOCI

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Abstract:

ABSTRACT. 

Urban clusters are geographic concentrations of urban places, some of which may include major cities. Unlike agglomerations, whose geographic boundaries are clearly delineated, urban clusters have “variable” boundaries, with each urban settlement being part of its “own” cluster of populated places, located within its commuting range. As our study indicates, the effect of clustering on urban growth is not uniform: it appears to be positive in low density clusters, and negative in densely populated ones. In particular, outside densely populated areas, towns surrounded by other localities tend to evince higher rates of population growth than their “lone” counterparts.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9787.2008.00587.x

Affiliations: 1: Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management, University of Haifa, Mt. Carmel, Haifa, 31905 Israel., Email: portnov@nrem.haifa.ac.il 2: Social Studies Unit, Albert Katz International School for Desert Studies, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Sede Boqer, 84990 Israel., Email: moshesc@gmail.com

Publication date: May 1, 2009

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