Academic journal article Journal of Urban and Regional Analysis

Introduction

Academic journal article Journal of Urban and Regional Analysis

Introduction

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This volume is a result of the efforts of the Urban Commission at the IGU (International Geographical Union) regional conference held at Tel Aviv on July 2010. About 50 papers have been presented in the conference focusing on a wide range of urban issues. The commission brings together scholars from about 30 countries in four continents in order to exchange ideas and stimulate research from a comparative perspective. This volume brings together six articles, which focus on the ways in which cities are dealing with challenges set by the era of globalization. Each paper deals with one case study but by bringing them together some comparative perspective is highlighted.

Three main issues are raised. The first one evaluates the connection of cities to the network society and how to maintain local memories in the landscape of global flows. Fijalkov asks how can urban planning respect and maintain local memory and narrative in urban planning. He analyses the struggle of a local community to influence the planning of Paris. Gonzalez and his associates show that Spanish cities were late to absorb ICT technologies like computers and Internet. Yet, disparities in levels of absorption are extremely high. Madrid, Barcelona and some of the young upper-middle class suburbs highly adopted the new technologies while other areas are far behind.

The second issue relates to aspects of the transition of cities from a communist to a post communist political milieu. Parysek goes one step further asking what types of policies can post communist cities adopt in order to take into consideration disadvantages institutionalized during the communist era on the one hand and meeting the EU regulations on the other hand? …

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