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Polycentric versus hierarchical tertiary centres: comparing San Diego and Tijuana

Alegria, Tito (2016): Polycentric versus hierarchical tertiary centres: comparing San Diego and Tijuana. Published in: Area Development and Policy , Vol. 1, No. 3 (2016): pp. 361-377.

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Abstract

This article presents and tests an explanatory model of the size and distribution of intraurban tertiary (retail and services) subcentres/centres in San Diego and Tijuana. The study shows that the determinants of sub-centres differ between cities and are related to differences in the levels of national development. The developed country city is polycentric, with a structure of centres depending mainly on external economies and racial segregation; while the developing country city has a hierarchy of centres a la Christaller, and the degree of centrality depends on internal and external economies and the proximity of consumers with diverse preferences and higher income.

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