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Last week the 200-odd local governments that constitute the Paris Métropole syndicate concluded their public consultation on restructuring the administration of the metropolitan area. Kerwin Datu reflects on the available options for reuniting la petite ville-musée with its extensive suburbs.

Global urban policy and quantitative research are converging on a single conclusion: that spatial planning of new urban expansion areas is one of the most important tasks to make urbanisation sustainable.

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Why bother with all of this? Firstly, there are strong socioeconomic inequalities emerging in the metropolis that a fragmented governance structure has great difficulty perceiving and addressing adequately...

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