Transportation Networks and the Optimal Location of Human Activities: A Numerical Geography Approach

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Thomas (geography, Universit<'e> Catholique de Louvain) analyzes the relationship between transportation networks and the optimal locations and allocations for human activities. Applying several models and simulations, he considers the ways modeling results are influenced by negative externalities or zone pricing policies. The results are then applied to real-world scenarios for confirmation. The implications for land-use planning are highlighted. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

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1 Introduction 1
Pt. I Measuring the shape of the transportation network
2 'Measuring' the shape of a network: state of the art 27
Pt. II Location-allocation Results and the Shape of the Transportation Network
3 Optimal locations and transportation networks: the case of autarky 43
4 Optimal locations and transportation networks: the case of a common market 75
5 Optimal locations of human activities and the permeability of the border in a common market 101
Pt. III Location-allocation modelling and the measure of distance
6 Distance-predicting functions and location-allocation results 143
7 Price policies, transportation networks and location-allocation results 171
8 Negative externalities and location-allocation results 193
Pt. IV Land-use planning and the shape of the transportation network. Two real-world examples
9 Optimal locations of health centres in Niger: rainy season versus dry season accessibility 217
10 Optimal location of a recycling centre in Belgium: externalities versus transportation costs 235
11 Conclusion 251
References 261
Index 287
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