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Urban Vulnerability in Spanish Medium-Sized Cities during the Post-Crisis Period (2009–2016). The Cases of A Coruña and Vigo (Spain)

Department of Geography, University of Santiago de Compostela, 15782 Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain
Tysgal Consulting, 15706 Santiago de Compostela, La Coruña, Spain
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Urban Sci. 2018, 2(2), 37;
Received: 15 February 2018 / Revised: 1 April 2018 / Accepted: 6 April 2018 / Published: 19 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Urban Inequality)
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The economic crisis and post-crisis austerity policies have had harmful effects on urban spaces, mainly in those neighborhoods that have historically been characterized by their vulnerability (social problems, long-term unemployment, low incomes, immigration, etc.). This vulnerability has become more evident in cities that are greater in size (Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville). However, such casuistry is also observed in medium-sized cities (250,000–500,000 inhabitants) that are prominent urban and economic hubs in their regions. In this article we will analyze to what extent the crisis has impacted the different urban sectors through the analysis of degree of vulnerability. For this, the cities of A Coruña and Vigo—the two main urban poles of the Autonomous Region of Galicia—will be taken as case studies. In addition, we will analyze the proposals to combat vulnerability presented by the ruling parties in their programs for the 2015 municipal elections. Elections that in Spain marked a turning point in the form of governance and priorities to attend (attention to those most affected by the crisis, stop eviction processes, reduction of intra-urban inequality). We will analyze to what extent they have implemented. View Full-Text
Keywords: vulnerability; post-crisis policies; medium-sized cities; Galicia; Spain vulnerability; post-crisis policies; medium-sized cities; Galicia; Spain

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Piñeira-Mantiñán, M.J.; Durán-Villa, F.R.; Taboada-Failde, J. Urban Vulnerability in Spanish Medium-Sized Cities during the Post-Crisis Period (2009–2016). The Cases of A Coruña and Vigo (Spain). Urban Sci. 2018, 2, 37.

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