The world’s mega-cities are forming megaregions, which stretch hundreds of miles across countries. As more people and economic activities are expected to continue to concentrate in these regions, countries are developing policies to secure the competitive advantages of these regions necessary for their economic success.
Although existing literature recognizes these trends, little analysis has been carried out at the theoretical level; in particular how and why megaregions form, where they are explicitly located and how they are defined.
This book constitutes a thorough examination of the characteristics of megaregions and reveals current challenges and future opportunities, as well as a guide to developing policies necessary for ensuring future prosperity and sustainable development within them.
About the Author
Catherine L. Ross is Harry West Professor and Director of the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development at the Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Myungje Woo is Research Scientist at the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development at Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Evert J. Meijers is Senior Researcher at the OTB Research Institute for Housing, Urban and Mobility Studies, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands
Table of ContentsSection One: Introduction 1. Spatial Planning in the United States 2. Emerging Megaregions and their Implications Section Two: Theoretical Approaches in Spatial Planning and Megaregions 3. Urban and Regional Spatial Structure 4. Agglomeration and Regional Externalities 5. Regional Growth Theories and Megaregions Section Three: Spatial Structure of Megaregions 6. Delineation of Megaregions 7. Examination of Spatial Structure of Megaregions 8. Productivity, Mobility and Economic Disparity in Megaregions Section Four: De-bordering Planning: Megaregions in Europe and Asia 9. European Polycentric Megaregions 10. Mega-city and Mega-economic Regions in Asia 11. Characteristics of De-bordering Planning in Europe and Asia Section Five: Megaregion Planning and Practice 12. Cases for Megaregion Practices in Europe and Asia 13. Multi-jurisdictional Transportation Investment and Efforts in the United States 14. Policy Implications for National and Urban Policy Section Six: Conclusions