Evolution of the spatial structure of the urban system of settlement in the coastal zones of European Russia

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The study of the development of settlement systems has traditionally been included in sphere of public geography and regional economics. Based on statistical material, the author characterizes the urban system of settlement in coastal zones of European part of Russia. The author analyzes the structural differences between the Northern and Southern coastal macrozones, the features of cities location and their functional specialization. Is emphasized the role of “sea factor” in the history of origin and development, the dynamics of population of coastal cities. The author shows the dominant influence of demographic, socio-economic and administrative factors on evolution of spatial structure on the urban settlement system in the coastal zones of European Russia in recent decades. Conclusions are drawn about polarization of the urban settlement system in direction of population concentration in urban agglomerations and strengthening of their role in social and economic development.


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Sergey A Sukhinin

Don State Technical University

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Email: suhmax@mail.ru
1 Gagarin Sq., Rostov-on-Don, 344000, Russian Federation

Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences, Associate Professor, Department of Economic Theory and Entrepreneurship, Academy of Construction and Architecture, Don State Technical University (DSTU).

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