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The Urban Nexus: Contradictions and Dilemmas of (Post)Communist (Sub)Urbanization in Romania

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The process of urbanization in Romania was a very tumultuous and slightly different one compared to other Central and Eastern European countries, being marked by the constant willingness to increase the degree of urbanization. The communist period was the most significant from this point of view, by considering both the number of newly declared towns and urban population growth. The urbanization of communist era corroborated with the excessive and forced industrialization has generated imbalances in the urban system and created distortions in the urban hierarchy. However, the legislative inconsistency and the lack of urban regulations during the post – communist period have lead to the increasing number of new (quasi) urban units (many of which without urban amenities) to the chaotic sub-urbanization of cities and urban decline. In many cases, the ability of local authorities to manage the urban development in the early years of transition has been hampered by inadequate legislation that regulates the urban growth in a completely different socio-economic system. Thus, the lacks of specific urban policies and urban regeneration plans have determined indirectly a hypertrophic evolution and an uncontrolled suburban expansion. Bucharest, the capital of the country has been most affected by these processes determining multilayered space transformation within the city and open space conversion to commercial and residential use, both affecting the urban environment and quality of life of urban-rural communities. The paper focuses on the patterns, the driving forces and the consequences of two opposing processes: socialist forced urbanization vs. post-socialist chaotic urbanization unfolding across the national urban landscape.

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Issue: Volume 10, Issue 1, 2016

Restructuring Romania’s Railways: The Freight Business

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Railways remain a key element in Romania’s transport infrastructure but many adjustments have been made since 1989 in the quest for profitability in the context of European integration as well as competition with other transport modes. After a brief contextual

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Issue: Volume 4, Issue 2, 2010

Romania’s revolution in telecommunications and information technology: a geographical approach

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Economic restructuring since 1989 has created an environment in which this economic branch has been able to expand through private enterprise; involving both the former state monopoly (through the creation and subsequent privatisation of Romtelecom – emerging from the communist

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Issue: Volume 3, Issue 2, 2009

Urban (In)security: Between Appearance and Reality in Bucharest

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Author Affiliations University of Bucharest, Department of Geography, Bucharest, Romania Email: mirellanae@yahoo.com | Full text .pdf | Abstract Social disorganization has become a significant issue for social geography. In addition, the territoriality of urban space is deeply embedded in social relations.

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Issue: Volume 2, Issue 2, 2008

La taille des logements, densité et attachement résidentiels – facteurs limitatifs de l’habitat urbain Bucarestois à l’impact visible sur la qualité de vie

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Full text .pdf One of the most important life quality’s domains is housing quality related in extenso to the human activities within infrastructure or urban equipment or stricto senso by housing standard highlighted by  person per room, crowded dwellings, median

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Issue: Volume 1, Issue 1, 2007