The Polycentric City Region That Never Was.: The Paris Agglomeration, Bassin Parisien and Spatial Planning Strategies in France

Ludovic Halbert 1
1 Réseaux, Institutions, Territoires (RIT)
LATTS - Laboratoire Techniques, Territoires et Sociétés
Abstract : This paper highlights how, in the Paris metropolitan region's case, two polycentric spatial planning policies at national and regional levels incidentally prevented the development of a polycentric Mega-City-Region. The national policy aiming to reduce economic imbalances in the French territory has failed to promote a coherent Bassin Parisien system. At the same time, polycentric planning within the Paris-Ile-de-France region restricted the economic and urban growth to the adjacent new towns. This resulted in the reinforcement of the Paris agglomeration, thus limiting further integration of surrounding FURs in a polycentric Mega-City-Region that never existed.
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Ludovic Halbert. The Polycentric City Region That Never Was.: The Paris Agglomeration, Bassin Parisien and Spatial Planning Strategies in France. Built Environment, Alexandrine Press, 2006, 32 (2), pp.184-193. ⟨halshs-00125909⟩

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