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Centrality and Cities

1st Edition

By James Bird


222 pages

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Professor Bird presents a synthesis of the many approaches to the study of a central featuer of modern life - the city, including its distant past and its future. He sees centrality as a mental projection on to space, and discusses the concept in relation to three types of its manifestation in spatial terms: the city as centre of a tributary region; the centres and central areas of cities themselves; and the city considered as a centre or gateway for other distant regions, often overseas.

This book should do much to unravel the funamental similarities between cities of the world while recognizing the myriad variations upon a common theme.

This book was first published in 1977.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Conjectures on centrality

1. Centre genesis

2. Evolution of central areas

3. In downtown (1): the framework of order

4. In downtown (2): Measurement, accessibility, change

5. Centre-periphery contrasts

6. Three theory types as variations of city centrality

7. Centrality, perception and the future

8. Envoi

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography