Land and the City: Patterns and Processes of Urban Change by Philip Kivell

By Philip Kivell

Within the speedily altering sphere of city improvement, land is proven to supply the elemental morphological constitution of the town, but additionally the resource of financial and social strength and the main to making plans via examples from world wide

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This brings us to the supply side of the market. Supply factors Given the assumed inelasticity of supply and the other factors listed at the beginning of the chapter, it is perhaps not surprising that the supply side of the urban land market has been neglected. Certainly, we can accept that the supply side may be seriously constrained, but no longer can it be argued that it is fixed in amount and incurs no supply or production costs. The suggestion that the supply side of the market needs to be considered more actively has been gaining strength in recent years (Evans 1983; Wiltshaw 1985; Goodchild and Munton 1985).

They use rules taken from observed statistical regularities in travel and the location of activities, rather than from economic forces such as land rents and consumer preferences. Some attempt to reconcile the two categories has been made by Anas (1986). The integration of transport and land use models was explored by Putman (1983) who emphasised both the importance of transport for land use and the complexity of the relationship. 6 Rent gradient in an unplanned shopping centre Relatively few studies have empirically tested the relationship between land use and transport, but there are a number which have shown measurable connections between transport changes and land prices.

2. Despite the technical appearances of such regulations it can be argued that their main purpose is to express the taken for granted understanding of social order (Perin 1977), the subtext is homogeneity associated with the lowering of social conflict and the prevention of negative spillover effects. This argument then is rather different from the traditional explanations of land use planning in the UK, where the protection of weaker groups in the community and the promotion of social equity are important goals.

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