WHAT ARE CITIES?

URBAN GEOGRAPHY

WHAT IS A CITY?

Cities could be defined using these criteria:

  • POPULATION AND SIZE

Cities have a large number of inhabitants are places densely populated.  Size depends on different countries and in Spain a settlement to be considered a city should have 10.000 inhabitants.

Resultado de imagen de POLISH CITYResultado de imagen de IRISH CITIES

  • URBAN SPACE

Modern cities have high buildings, even skyscrapers. The urban space mainly is occupied by businesses, housing and transport infrastructure.

 Resultado de imagen de transport infrastructure in ukResultado de imagen de central business district

  • ADMINISTRATIVE STATUS

City centers concentrate official buildings along history. This aspect could be based on their origins.

Cities and their surrounding metropolitan area – cities near a bigger city- have a population density over 150 inhabitants per km2.

Resultado de imagen de TOWN HALL madridResultado de imagen de TOWN HALL madrid

WHAT IS MEANT BY A DIFUSE CITY?

A diffuse city is settlement which is not compact and contains rural areas within its metropolitan boundaries. New cities have been developed on the outskirts of cities:

  • Companies move their factories and offices away from city centers,
  • Roads and public transport infrastructures have improved.
  • They offer healthier and more green spaces.

 

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