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Viewing urban spatial history from tall buildings

Ahlfeldt, Gabriel ORCID: 0000-0001-5664-3230 and Barr, Jason (2020) Viewing urban spatial history from tall buildings. Regional Science and Urban Economics. ISSN 0166-0462

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.regsciurbeco.2020.103618


Micro-geographic data capturing the spatial distribution of economic activity within cities in history are difficult to access. This paper discusses how tall and durable buildings can be exploited as a source of “big data” to trace the history of the spatial structure of cities. To this end, we provide stylized evidence on how building heights correlate with land values over space and time within cities, review the related nascent literature, and suggest future research areas.

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Additional Information: © 2020 Elsevier B.V.
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2020 00:52
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2024 01:54

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