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Urban-System Evolution in Frontier Settings

Lawrence A. Brown, Rodrigo Sierra, Scott Digiacinto and W. Randy Smith
Geographical Review
Vol. 84, No. 3 (Jul., 1994), pp. 249-265
DOI: 10.2307/215451
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/215451
Page Count: 17
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Urban-System Evolution in Frontier Settings
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Abstract

General frameworks for the evolution of urban systems in frontier settings have been formulated chiefly on the basis of the North American experience. The frameworks apply to the Ecuadorian Amazon. Universal conceptualizations are broadly relevant; context-dependent conceptualizations are partially so. This pattern raises the question of whether a government-based service sector is a mechanism for urban dominance, as were wholesaling and finance in North America. Selected case studies indicate that the urban system in the Ecuadorian Amazon is representative of present-day frontier regions.

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