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Metropolitan areas in Poland - diagnosis and recommendations

Publication type: journal articles
Full citation: Smętkowski Maciej, Gorzelak Grzegorz, Jałowiecki Bohdan (2009) Metropolitan areas in Poland - diagnosis and recommendations. Studia Regionalne i Lokalne, Special Issue 2009, pp. 37–58.
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The aim of the paper is to identify and diagnose problems relating to Poland´s metropolitan areas. In the frst part, the authors offer a review of the most important features metropolisation process and indicate problems associated with such processes on the local and regional scales. This is followed by an identification of major urban centres in Poland, and a delimitation of their metropolitan areas. In the subsequent part of the study, the identified metropolitan areas are characterised in terms of their pertinent development problems. Finally, a set of conclusions and recommendations is proposed, with the aim of improving the functioning of the largest cities and their environment.