Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/167730
Authors: 
Tombolini, Ilaria
Zambon, Ilaria
Ippolito, Achille
Grigoriadis, Stathis
Serra, Pere
Salvati, Luca
Year of Publication: 
2015
Citation: 
[Journal:] Economies [ISSN:] 2227-7099 [Volume:] 3 [Year:] 2015 [Issue:] 4 [Pages:] 237-259
Abstract: 
Given its unpredictable nature, urban sprawl in the Mediterranean region is considered an intriguing (and intricate) socioeconomic issue. Since the 1970s, urban dispersion advanced rapidly in southern Europe-irrespective of a city's size and morphology-with urbanization rates growing faster than population. A comparison between the metropolitan areas of Barcelona, Rome and Athens reveals how sprawl has occurred in different ways in the three cities, highlighting peculiar relationships between urbanization, land-use and economic structures. Sharing common drivers of change related to population dynamics, socio-spatial structure and deregulated urban expansion, sprawl has adapted to the local economic, cultural and environmental context. Barcelona shows a dispersion pattern towards a more spatially-balanced morphology, with expanding sub-centres distributed around the central city, Rome appears to be mostly scattered around the historical city with fragmented urban fabric and heterogeneous economic functions, Athens is denser, with polarized economic spaces and social segregation. Understanding how place-specific factors influence processes of settlement dispersion in Mediterranean contexts may inform policies of urban containment and land-use management.
Subjects: 
mediterranean city
urban form
land consumption
economic structure
JEL: 
C38
O18
O52
R11
R15
R58
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Creative Commons License: 
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Document Type: 
Article

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