Urban and Population Growth: A Comparative Approach to the Greek Cities of 3,000-10,000 Inhabitants, After 1950

Urban and Population Growth: A Comparative Approach to the Greek Cities of 3,000-10,000 Inhabitants, After 1950

George Sidiropoulos (University of the Aegean, Greece)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-5646-6.ch071
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This study refers to cities of 3,000-10,000 residents and takes account of urban blots of cities according to aerial photos from 1940 until today. The population of each blot is matched with the population censuses every ten years, carried out by the Greek Statistical Authority. This chapter tries to answer the questions if the post-war housing development accompanied equally with the population development researching the similarity areas of the phenomenon, the classification, and the proportion of it in the Greek territory. The study demonstrates that the residential development in postwar Greece is positive fluctuating from minimum positive to extremely high. In contrast, the population in the corresponding urban footprint of the same chronologies seems to be large where there is high residential development but negative where cities presenting intermediate and low indicators.
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The General Framework And Its Measurement

Among other things, a distinct issue in the process of urbanization employs urban geography. The urban concentration, in other words the urbanization of the very large cities has resulted in the relative decline of small and medium-sized cities. By data of the population and activities in urban areas it is obvious that the space-time framework can affect the results and the final interpretation of the observations. That is to say to a large extent, the determination of the city at the level of the living space seems particularly important.

Urban Blots: A Measuring Tool for the Spatial Spread

Many elements of the identity of a region required by the relevant government departments and agencies within the process of analyzing, planning and decision-making. Additional databases of land use for the needs of specific large range of applications. Particularly not just for planning, but for monitoring, also, an area. The specification of land cover data used most often at national level, such as Corine, is inappropriate for finer analysis at small scale.

Creating a reference tool such as urban footprint used especially in France, seems particularly useful to a large number of potential receivers. The geographic data addressed both in the general description of the local area and a more functional and thematic approaches to a specific user. The use of artificial patches can allow the creation of a history of growth in urbanization. With comparing data of cities and local communities, will reduce the abundance of quantitative data, for the benefit of an instantly understandable, quantitative data embedded reading of the development.

A tank like this can promote knowledge by observation of an urban patch, provided by a commonly accepted definition that allows the consistency of analysis for all users. It will also enable the exchange of data through: a) understanding of the urban area on a large scale in city center and outside the city, b) the possibility of extensive comparison of regional and national level, and c) also the periodic monitoring.

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