Small Town-question in the Scientific Literature

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Horeczki, Réka
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Technical University of Kosice
The South Transdanubian region belongs to the 20 most disadvantaged regions of the European Union which shows a significant decline compared to previous years. In my opinion this justifies the need for professional research directed at changing this situation by performing some tangible efforts. The investigation of the small towns of the area, and the drafting of their possible development path in harmony with the existing development plans may not only provide a positive vision of the future for the towns, but their wider environment (micro-region) as well. Important is the clarification of the theoretical background of the research: reviewing literature on European urban planning and history, in order to find out what kind of theoretical and practical laws small towns need to obey to be successful. The research is basically of interdisciplinary nature, for this reason, the potential results may be connected to several disciplines and pragmatical components. On one hand, it may draw attention towell functioning models of local agricultural and political activities, and thus it may provide adaptable models for the local stakeholders, which may later on be adopted by the small towns and included in their operational structure. I will analyse to what extent the possibly existing visions reflect last decades development, whether their realization is a realistic opportunity based on the small towns’ developmental history.
településhálózat , kisvárosok , kisvárosok - Magyarország , tervezés
Nijkamp P; Kourtit K; Bucek M; Hudec O. (szerk.) 5th Central European Conference in Regional Science: International Conference Proceedings. Konferencia helye, ideje: Kosice, Szlovákia, 2014.10.05-2014.10.08. Kosice: Technical University of Kosice, 2015. pp. 277-288. (ISBN:978-80-553-2015-1)