Not only tourism: unravelling suburbanization, second-home expansion and “rural” sprawl in Catalonia, Spain

Sergi Cuadrado-Ciuraneta, Antoni Durà-Guimerà, Luca Salvati

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Abstract

© 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This study illustrates multifaceted urbanization patterns and processes in a coastal region of Catalonia (northeastern Spain) as a paradigmatic example of the socio-economic transformations typically observed in the northern Mediterranean basin since World War II. By focusing on the expanding tourism industry, second-home expansion, infrastructural development and sprawl around traditional rural centres, the paper assesses the effects of long-term economic, demographic, social and cultural transformations on rural landscapes in Alt Empordà, the so-called “Catalan Tuscany”. The stratification of distinct urbanization waves and the underlying socio-economic processes observed in Alt Empordà reflect population dynamics and settlement morphologies typical of rural districts moving rapidly towards a suburban spatial organization. Recent urban dynamics in Mediterranean rural systems deserve further investigation in order to shed light on latent suburbanization processes involving marginal European regions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-89
JournalUrban Geography
Volume38
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2017

Keywords

  • Barcelona
  • Mediterranean Europe
  • Urban growth
  • land consumption
  • metropolization

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