Pyrex Journal of Geography and Regional Planning (PJGRP)

October 2016 Vol. 2 (3), pp. 29-32

ISSN: 2985-8615

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Conceptualizing Growing Urban Centres: A Review from Literatures a reflection on studies of urban hubs

Maglan Charles Sang’enoi

School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ardhi University Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

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Accepted 3rd October, 2016


Studies on minor settlements which are characterized by urban life has been a challenge to many researchers on whether they should term them as small town or small urban centers. Many studies point out that researchers have concentrated on studying cities and big towns while neglecting the importance of studying small town/small urban centers. Naming is one thing, but putting them in different scales has also been a challenge. This article discusses this challenge on the town sizes and how should one identify it. If studies have concentrated on small urban centers while clear cut line on small town and big town has not been established, how is this argument relevant? There is a necessity to establish a clear line on small urban centers and big towns by considering things other than population size in order to have a clearly defined settlement category.

Keywords: Small town/urban centre, perceptions, concentration.

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