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By Nicholas A. Phelps, N. Parsons, Dimitris Ballas, Andrew Dowling

Post-suburbia is a time period that encapsulates a number of modern city kinds, specifically the 'edge urban' - a time period used to explain the quick progress of recent city centres on the edges of verified significant towns. extensively mentioned within the US, little or no has been written approximately eu side towns and this ebook presents a comparative research of examples in Greece, Spain, Paris, Finland and the united kingdom, providing a theoretical research of the sting urban and of post-suburban Europe.

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Post-suburbia is essentially economic in function, but its residents retain suburban imaginaries of local identity (Teaford, 1997: 5). Drawing on Teaford (1997) we can suggest that the new developments emerging at the edge of major cities embody a distinctive set of ‘post-suburban’ tensions. One key product of this is the potential for post-suburban municipal entrepreneurialism to embody a tension between economic development objectives and constraints imposed by collective consumption expenditures (Althubaity and Jonas, 1998).

What of Europe? Does it have anything to compare to these new urban forms? There is a difficulty in identifying genuine points of comparison given what might be referred to as ‘disparities’ in both the geographic scale and the history of development at the urban edge. Nevertheless it could be argued that European metropolitan areas have also experienced some elements of urbanisation apparent in the US cities including the decentralisation of employment, the growth of car ownership and the growth of office and retail parks.

Indeed it is the very discrepancy between the plans for and the reality of our urban landscapes that directs attention to the range of agents involved in their production (Ambrose, 1994; Whitehand and Carr, 2001). In what follows, we discuss a number of ways in which the growth of post-suburban areas could be considered to have been planned in more subtle senses – as the product of some combination of agents. In doing so, the artificiality of distinctions between what we commonly regard as public-sector planning and spontaneous free-market forces is revealed.

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