In the 19th century cities and towns were given the opportunity to tear down their old fortifications, during a period wherein cities expanded as a response to industrial development and explosive population growth. In existing literature, the number of inhabitants is often indicated as a determining factor for urban planning and expansion. However, when we look more closely and compare twenty cities thoroughly, it seems that urban expansion and population growth are not simply related to one another. Firstly, it seems that factors, such as landscape, infrastructure and location, have played a determining role in urban expansion. Second, the ability to make money with land allocation also seems to have had a big influence. Most remarkable is that the historical roots of cities and the presence of a professional municipal government is not necessarily a determining factor for the extent of growth and urban expansion.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Historisch Geografisch Tijdschrift|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|