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The Classification and Spatial Characteristics of Regional Small Towns:Based on Cases in Zhejiang Province
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Pages: 89-97
Year: Issue:  2
Journal: Urban Planning Forum

Keyword:  small townsclassificationspatial characteristicsZhejiang Province;
Abstract: Differentiation is a strategic choice for small towns in their future development.This paper explores the classification and spatial characteristics of regional small towns based on quantitative analysis,using examples from Zhejiang.First,the development of small towns is evaluated based on multivariate clustering method and Nelson method,and by using a combination methods,all the small towns are classified into five types:the dominant type,the mature type,the potential type,the nature-featuring type and the general type.Then,the spatial characteristics and advantages of various types of small towns are discussed.Finally,corresponding suggestions for each type are put forward in terms of factor-agglomeration,development sustainability,characteristic industry,tourism development and rural hinterland,so as to provide scientific basis for small town development in a regional perspective.
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