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The analysis of the territorial development and population density revealed specific features of the territorial growth of large cities in Central and Eastern Europe, which indicate the cyclical nature of the processes. It can be described as follows: each period of socio-economic development of the city contributes to an increase in population density within urban boundaries, and then to the sprawl of the city into its nearest neighbourhood. The suburban area is an extension of the city, and over time is incorporated into administrative boundaries of the city. Each subsequent period of prosperity in the city initiates another cycle of spatial development.

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The article add an explanation of the territorial development in large cities in Central and Eastern Europe. The process of territorial development of large cities is gradual (pulsatile), and each extension of its administrative boundaries follows a specific pattern and is a consequence of the social and economic growth of the city.


The article was the result of the implementation of the research project No. 2017/01/X/HS4/00969 financed by the National Science Center, Poland.

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This page is a summary of: The Cyclical Nature of the Territorial Development of Large Cities: A Case Study of Wrocław (Poland), Journal of Urban History, September 2019, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0096144219877866.
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