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Polis (Santiago)

versión On-line ISSN 0718-6568

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VAZQUEZ ESPI, Mariano. Does the city have a solution?. Polis [online]. 2008, vol.7, n.20, pp.179-196. ISSN 0718-6568.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-65682008000100010.

The main hypothesis is that growth conducts inexorably to a continuously waning economic performance, which places us in a paradoxical situation: being the economy a "game of zero-sum", to maintain and to increase the monetary wealth of the already rich populations requires each time more effort, it is increasingly more difficult, requiring greater populations to exploit at the same time that more transportation in order to expand markets, extract resources at greater distance, etc. And since the world hierarchy of conurbations, starting out with those called global cities up to the megalopolis of the Third World, form the key machine that supports the growth; the conurbations have been transforming into the fundamental nodes of the network of flows and in the scenery of conflict. And nothing else but decreasement, can modify that transformation.

Palabras clave : conurbation; urban growth; economic development; ecological deterioration.

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