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Evolutionary urban transportation planning? An exploration

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  • Luca Bertolini

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For urban transportation planners these are challenging times. Mounting practical concerns are mirrored by more fundamental critiques. The latter come together in the observation that conventional approaches do not adequately account for the irreducible uncertainty of future developments. The central aim of this paper is to explore if and how an evolutionary approach can help overcome this limit. Two core-hypotheses are formulated. The first is that the urban transportation system behaves in an evolutionary fashion. The second hypothesis is that because of this, urban transportation planning needs also to focus on enhancing the resilience and adaptability of the system. Changes in transport and land use development patterns and policies and in the broader context in the post-war period in the Amsterdam region are analysed in order to illustrate the two core-hypotheses. In the conclusions more general implications are drawn.

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  • Luca Bertolini, 2005. "Evolutionary urban transportation planning? An exploration," Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) 0512, Utrecht University, Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, Group Economic Geography, revised Sep 2005.
  • Handle: RePEc:egu:wpaper:0512
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    evolutionary economics; urban economics; transportation planning;

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