Spatial Determinants of CBD Emergence: A Micro-Level Case Study on Berlin

36 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2008

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Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Geography and Environment

Nicolai Wendland

Touro College

Date Written: November 2008

Abstract

Over the recent decades, scholars and planning practitioners have developed strategies for directed urban decentralization, which aim at the optimization of urban commuting patterns by allowing households to locate closer to job opportunities. However, given ongoing changes in the socioeconomic framework, households are becoming less likely to choose their residences with respect to location of the workplace. In order to optimize trip patterns with respect to public transport and to simultaneously promote sustainable urban growth, we therefore suggest a strategy of Directed Urban Concentration, which purports the generation of very strong (employment) sub-centers, if not multiple central business districts (CBDs), as a complementary strategy to established approaches of mixed and multifunctional land use. In an empirical analysis we show that in the case of Berlin, Germany, the emergence of the second CBD during the first half of the past century was largely driven by market access generated by rail-based public transport. Our results suggest that city planners could successfully promote the emergence of new urban economic cores with focal transport nodes that are equivalently well-connected to their hinterlands as well as to the existing CBD.

Keywords: directed urban concentration, urban transport, market access, urban planning, Berlin

JEL Classification: N74, N94, R28, R33, R41

Suggested Citation

Ahlfeldt, Gabriel M. and Wendland, Nicolai, Spatial Determinants of CBD Emergence: A Micro-Level Case Study on Berlin (November 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1300984 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1300984

Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt (Contact Author)

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Geography and Environment ( email )

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United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://personal.lse.ac.uk/ahlfeldg/

Nicolai Wendland

Touro College ( email )

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New York, NY 10010
United States

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