An Analysis of the International City Status and Ambitions of Lyon

McDonald, Sean Michael (1993) An Analysis of the International City Status and Ambitions of Lyon. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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"The primacy of Paris inhibits the regional sphere of activity of second-ranking French cities. Lyon is particularly disadvantaged in that to the west lies the low population density Massif Central, to the south is the city-port of Marseille with direct international maritime connections, to the east, Grenoble is a dynamic and, to some extent, rival pole while to the north-east Geneva has a well-established international role. To combat the primacy of Paris, and the competition of neighbouring cities, Lyon is justifiably attempting to develop an international and trans-national role to enhance its economic, political and demographic base". The objective of this thesis is to test the above hypothesis through reference to objective empirical data and subjective qualitative methods. An examination of Lyon's status in the context of a theoretical model of an "International City", an empirical ranking of 165 European cities and Lyon's own long-range planning policy provide the framework for this study. Lyon's demographic strength, political situation, physical facilitators, (transportation, tourism and other infrastructure) and Lyon's international economic position will help place Lyon within the domestic and European urban hierarchy. Finally, an examination of Lyon's relations within the Rhone-Alpes Region will provide a clearer picture of Lyon's status and potential trans-national role.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Additional Information: Adviser: Ian B Thompson
Keywords: Geography, Urban planning, Economics
Date of Award: 1993
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:1993-75689
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2019 18:56
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 18:56

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