Urban regions have come under increasing pressure to adapt to the imperatives of mobility, including greater freedom of travel, rising trade volumes and global economic networks. Whereas urbanization was once characterized by the concentration of services and facilities, urban areas now have to ensure the exchange of goods, services and information in a much more complex, interrelated, highly competitive, and spatially dispersed environment. As a consequence, cities are challenged to ensure the functionality of infrastructure while mitigating negative environmental and social impacts.

Cities, Regions and Flows brings together debates in a single volume to present a theoretical framework for understanding the changing relationship between places and movement. It analyses the significance of flows of goods for urban and regional development and emphasises the twin processes of integration and disintegration that result from goods movement within urban space. It discusses urban regions as nodes for organizing the exchange of goods, services and information against a background of socio-economic and technological change, as well as new patterns of urbanization. The new logistics concepts and practices that have been developed in response to these changes exert both integrative and disintegrative effects on cities and regions. It also considers how urban policies are dealing with related challenges concerning infrastructure provision, land use, local labour markets and environmental sustainability.

Cities, Regions and Flows contains thoughtfully prepared case studies from five different continents on how cities manage to become part of value chains and how they strive for accessibility in an increasingly competitive environment. This book will be on interest to policy-makers and advanced classes in planning, geography, urban studies and transportation.

part I|20 pages


part II|71 pages

Theoretical concepts, research questions

chapter 2|19 pages

Economic structure, technological change and location theory

The evolution of models explaining the link between cities and flows

chapter 5|17 pages

Goods movement and metropolitan inequality

Global restructuring, commodity flows, and metropolitan development

part III|95 pages

Empirical cases

chapter 6|19 pages

The Paris region

Operating and planning freight at multiple scales in a European city

chapter 7|15 pages

From hinterland to distribution center

The Chicago region's shifting gateway function

chapter 9|21 pages

The flight of Icarus?

Incheon's transformation from port gateway to global city

chapter 10|18 pages

From time definite to time critical?

Challenges facing airfreight and port growth in Durban

part IV|56 pages

Challenges for policy and planning

part V|15 pages


chapter 14|13 pages

Cities, flows and scale

Policy responses to the dynamics of integration and disintegration