On the relativity of urban location

Boris A. Portnov, Moshe Schwartz

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On the relativity of urban location, Regional Studies. The effect of location attributes (e.g., topography, proximity to networks, etc.) depends on how much they stand out in their regional or national contexts. In a region or country where a given advantage or disadvantage are commonplace, they are likely to have lesser effects than where they are uncommon. Thus, cold and rainy places may repel would-be residents in countries or regions offering sunnier alternatives, but might not deter them if such alternatives are absent. Location advantage is thus a relative notion: it might matter regionally and nationally more than internationally. This hypothesis is tested empirically in the paper using population growth data on urban settlements in 40 European countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)605-615
Number of pages11
JournalRegional Studies
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 2008

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Our results suggest that the zinc deficiency induced during the first 30 days of postnatal ontogenesis can no longer give rise to an essential change in the course of development of the trace element contents in the examined structures of the central nervous system. Its effect is marked primarily in regions (e.g. the cerebellum) which are undergoing intensive maturation in the given period, or are then very sensitive to dietary influences and deficiencies. The experimental zinc deficiency is also able to induce changes in the subcellular distribution of the zinc content in the examined structures (hippocampus and corpus striatum). Supported by the Scientific Research Council, Ministry of Health, Hungary (4-12-0303-0l-0jK).


  • Location
  • Relativity
  • Urban growth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (all)
  • Social Sciences (all)


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