(Article of periodic en Allemand - 1979)

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Mittelstädte-Sekundärknoten in der Siedlungsstruktur der Ballungsgebiete. (Les villes moyennes, noeuds secondaires dans la structure de peuplement des zones d'agglomération)

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The medium-size towns in the conurbations of the GDR represent the secondary knots in the settlement network and concentration points of population, industry and infrastructure. They are political, economic and intellectual-cultural centres and therefore have significant caretaking and supplying functions for a certain fringe area. Importance and features of the secondary knots depend on their location within the settlement network and the size of the population. While the small medium-size towns are located in the agglomeration and the fringe area, the large medium-size towns are usually placed in the distinctly marginal positions. The secondary knots are at present the focal points in the urbanization process. The medium-size towns provide good conditions for their further development, due to their economic role, their potential labour force, their favourable infrastructural features and their resources, combined with advantageous relations of town location and fringe area.


Article of periodic

published at : Hallesches Jahrbuch Geowissenschaften Halle

Editor :

Millesime : 1979, no4 [pp. 97-108]



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