Geographia Polonica (1995) vol. 66

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Urban restructuring in East-Central Europe: selected questions

Piotr Korcelli

Geographia Polonica (1995) vol. 66, pp. 7-12

Abstract

Several counter-initiative arguments related to urban development in East-Central Europe are proposed in this article. Firstly, the concept of the socialist city is shown to be only partly relevant in the present context. Secondly, limited evidence is found in support of the often anticipated rapid population concentration in the national urban systems. Thirdly, major metropolitan centres in East-Central Europe are shown to be entering into competition with their counterparts in West-Central Europe. This process may even overshadow the so far dominant patterns of metropolitan interdependence within the region.

Keywords: Urban restructuring, national urban systems, metropolitan centres, the socialist city, East-Central Europe

Piotr Korcelli, Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization Polish Academy of Sciences ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 30, 00-927 Warszawa, Poland