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Searching for development of medium-sized cities in the European Union: a study case on Oradea

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Ţoca, Constantin Vasile; Pocola, Bogdan Mihail

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Abstract Smaller cities from Central and Eastern Europe face the difficult task of creating a niche segment for their economies in the hopes of becoming sustainable and profitable despite their restrictions. Borders can provide an answer to some situations where the neighbouring region presents similar characteristics and development goals and as such can benefit from cross-border cooperation to grow faster. In our study case of Oradea we try to identify what attributes define a medium-sized city in Eastern Europe and what are the opportunities that provide economic benefits while creating a unique identity and an environment for growth. We explore history, demographics, development strategies, institutional and conceptual limitations and cross-border cooperation frameworks that help to define Oradea as a border city.
Keywords medium-sized town; urban development; regional development; regional identity; urban planning; economic development (on national level); competitiveness; multicultural society; strategic planning; development strategy; cross-border cooperation; Romania
Classification Area Development Planning, Regional Research
Document language English
Publication Year 2015
Page/Pages p. 85-98
Journal Eurolimes (2015) 19
Issue topic Border cities in Europe
ISSN 1841-9259
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications