City Links

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How links between towns and cities drive economic performance

City Links: Integration and Isolation by Paula Lucci and Paul Hildreth for the Centre for Cities explored why links between cities and towns matter and how they drive economic performance. This exploration was based on two case studies –London - Reading in the South East and Manchester - Burnley in the North West.

The top diagram shows the overlapping employment catchments (travel to work areas) of London and Reading. This illustrates a mutually beneficial relationship, based on good physical/transport links and complementary economic activities that reinforce each other’s economic markets. On the other hand the catchments of Burnley and Manchester (bottom diagram) do not overlap, due to the poor links and economic activities that are not complementary. Despite geographical proximity to the economically successful Manchester, Burnley still operates as an isolated and struggling economic centre

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Complementary relations between London and Reading

Complementary relations between London and Reading
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Non-complementary relations between Manchester and Burnley

Non-complementary relations between Manchester and Burnley
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