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Polycentrism in the Spanish metropolitan system: an analysis for 7 metro areas


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  • Carlos Marmolejo Duarte


  • Carlos Aguirre Nuñez
  • Eduardo Chica Mejia
  • Claudia Perez Prieto
  • Jaume Masip Tresserra


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    Polycentrism is becoming one of the dominant structures in contemporary metropolises. Concentrated decentralization and the integration of formerly independent cities by the reduction of travel time are behind of such a process. In this paper, the spatial structure of the seven biggest metro areas in Spain is depicted. By analyzing employment density and travel-to-work data the polycentric structure of them is detected at the time that the functional borders are delimited. Results suggest a very heterogeneous image where Barcelona and Bilbao emerge as the most polycentric areas at the time that Madrid, Seville and Zaragoza have a structure more orientated towards monocentrism. Clearly polycentric structure seems to be influenced by the orographic nature in which each metropolitan area lays in.

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    Paper provided by European Regional Science Association in its series ERSA conference papers with number ersa11p119.

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    Date of creation: Sep 2011
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