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X and the City by John A. Adam

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Chapter 18

SCALING IN THE CITY

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X = r(n): SIZE OF THE CITY

No, by “scaling in the city” we don’t mean what Spiderman does in his various movie adventures . . . There is, according to Brakman et al. (2009, available in Oxford’s online resource center),

a remarkable regularity in the distribution of city sizes all over the world, also known as the “Rank-Size Distribution.” Take, for example, Amsterdam, the largest city in the Netherlands and give it rank number 1. Then take the second largest city, Rotterdam, and give it rank number 2. Keep on doing this for those cities for which you have data available, possibly selecting only cities exceeding ...

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