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Land Squandering in the Spanish Medium Sized Cities: The Case of Toledo

Department of Geography, University of Castilla-La Mancha, 02071 Albacete, Spain
Department of Geography, University of Castilla-La Mancha, 45071 Toledo, Spain
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Urban Sci. 2019, 3(1), 16;
Received: 31 December 2018 / Revised: 11 January 2019 / Accepted: 24 January 2019 / Published: 27 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Land Squandering and Social Crisis in the Spanish City)
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A process of land squandering began in Spain in the mid 1990s until the great crisis of 2008. The intensive production of urban land affected the Spanish medium-sized towns. They were characterized by their compact nature and then they underwent an intense diffuse urbanization. However, in some cases there had been previous examples of urban sprawl. In this article, we study one of them, the unique and historic city of Toledo, in the Centre of the Iberian Peninsula. We will show how the city has experienced the land squandering and has been extensively widespread throughout the hinterland, consisting of their peripheral municipalities. We will also check how Toledo has had a previous internal dispersion process in the last quarter of the 20th Century through the called Ensanche (widening). We will use the urban estate cadaster as a fundamental source for evolutionary and present analysis of the city and its hinterland. The field and bibliographic work complete the methodology. The final conclusion is that there have been remarkable urban increments in Spanish medium-sized cities such as Toledo, in external and peripheral districts, under the logic of speculation and profit, resulting in a disjointed space. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban geography; urbanism; urban growth; medium-sized city; suburbanization; Spain urban geography; urbanism; urban growth; medium-sized city; suburbanization; Spain

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Sánchez Ondoño, I.; Escudero Gómez, L.A. Land Squandering in the Spanish Medium Sized Cities: The Case of Toledo. Urban Sci. 2019, 3, 16.

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