The Accessibility City - When Transport Infrastructure Matters in Urban Spatial Structure
Autonomous University of Barcelona; University of Barcelona - Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB)
February 1, 2010
Document de Treball No. XREAP2010-1
Suburbanization is changing the urban spatial structure and less monocentric metropolitan regions are becoming the new urban reality. Focused only on centers, most works have studied these spatial changes neglecting the role of transport infrastructure and its related location model, the “accessibility city”, in which employment and population concentrate in low-density settlements and close to transport infrastructure. For the case of Barcelona, we consider this location model and study the population spatial structure between 1991 and 2006. The results reveal a mix between polycentricity and the accessibility city, with movements away from the main centers, but close to the transport infrastructure.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 43
Keywords: Urban Spatial Structure, Suburbanization, Decentralization, Transport Infrastructure, Location and Land Use Patterns
JEL Classification: R42working papers series
Date posted: April 22, 2011
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