chapter  14
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Airport, cities and the globe

WithTHOMAS SIEVERTS

Cities have always developed in a mutual interplay with their infrastructures. We speak of port-cities, highway-cities, railway-cities and now airport-cities. In each of these cases, the development of the specific traffic infrastructures over time proves a comparative pattern. They all transformed from a modest, but crucial, servant to the city to become a dominant master of city development, contributing to the city’s wealth, but also accompanied with many negative side-effects. In other words, they transformed from a ‘maker’ to a ‘breaker’ of the city.