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Promoted Urbanization of the Countryside: The Case of Santiago’s Periphery, Chile (1980–2017)

Instituto de Geografía, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago de Chile 7810000, Chile
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Land 2020, 9(10), 370; https://doi.org/10.3390/land9100370
Received: 8 September 2020 / Revised: 28 September 2020 / Accepted: 30 September 2020 / Published: 3 October 2020
Urbanization of the countryside affects rural areas, especially in the immediate surroundings of large cities. Normally, this occurs as an unpromoted process, but in Chile, it is driven by the legal framework. This research focuses on rural residential plots (RRPs) around the capital city, Santiago. The analysis seeks to understand the significance and consequences of RRPs during the last four decades and the role of a favorable legal framework in affecting their development. By examining data and official cartography on rural residential plots, the analysis shows a large phenomenon of rapid RRP development in the Metropolitan Region of Santiago de Chile (MR). The study confirms the existence of an ongoing process that is still partially latent and potentially both uncontrolled and evolving. This work demonstrates the negative effect that land liberalization policies can have by promoting territorial transformations that policymakers cannot subsequently control. The conclusions provide a critical perspective on the counter-urbanization process in the context of fragility and scarce resources. View Full-Text
Keywords: counter-urbanization; countryside urbanization; neoliberalism; periurban spaces; residential plots; rurbanization counter-urbanization; countryside urbanization; neoliberalism; periurban spaces; residential plots; rurbanization
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Barrado, V.J.; Suckel, J.L.; Olhabé, B.T.; Cona, F.C. Promoted Urbanization of the Countryside: The Case of Santiago’s Periphery, Chile (1980–2017). Land 2020, 9, 370. https://doi.org/10.3390/land9100370

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Barrado VJ, Suckel JL, Olhabé BT, Cona FC. Promoted Urbanization of the Countryside: The Case of Santiago’s Periphery, Chile (1980–2017). Land. 2020; 9(10):370. https://doi.org/10.3390/land9100370

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Barrado, Víctor Jiménez; Suckel, Javiera Larraín; Olhabé, Bárbara Trincado; Cona, Francisco Cabrera. 2020. "Promoted Urbanization of the Countryside: The Case of Santiago’s Periphery, Chile (1980–2017)" Land 9, no. 10: 370. https://doi.org/10.3390/land9100370

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