Friday, September 26, 2014

City/ Not City

Previously, I briefly discussed Miami-Dade's Master Plan and what looked to me like double speak.  In particular, I concerned myself with the concept of urban expansion versus that of sprawl.  A brief look at the academic literature demonstrated that defining sprawl is difficult and no one accepted metric exists.  So, for Miami-Dade to determine they have urban expansion rather than sprawl is futile.  

The video above demonstrates that defining a city is no simple task, either.  The researcher in the video indicate that cities tend to share similar characteristics but on different scales.  Still the clear identification of city/not city is elusive.    

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