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Aguilar, Hernandez

IGU Urban Commission, Canterbury, 2010

Adrián Guillermo Aguilar

Institute of Geography, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico


Josefina Hernández Lozano

Institute of Geography, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

 

Metropolitan Transformation and Polycentric Structure in Mexico City: Identification of Urban Subcenters, 1989-2005

 

The major purpose of this article is to identify urban subcenters that have arisen or continued to exist in Mexico City during the 1989-2005 period. We aim to examine to what extent changes in urban centrality have given way to a more polycentric urban structure.


One of the main conclusions reached is that there has been a clear tendency towards the formation of a multinodal structure of urban subcenters with notable urban employment concentrations. However, that structure is much more marked in the central city and first two metropolitan rings than in the third and fourth ones, where the presence of such nuclei is extremely limited. In the central city, we can see how employment nodes have multiplied, leading to spatial widening of the concentration of activities, while in the first couple of rings what predominates is “concentrated deconcentration” towards larger subcenters and the consolidation of economic corridors.

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