Warsaw Metropolitan Region: Alternative Development Perspective

How Warsaw should invest in regional ties to become metropolitan.

In urban regions, cohesion and competitiveness are conflicting factors, but could be reconciled. In Warsaw, this is necessary in order to become a more competitive region, as it is still characterized by a great disparity between the urban and the rural. In Korcelli-Olejniczak’s article, Warsaw is presented as a case study to indicate what the metropolitan region’s spatial structure may look like during socio-economic change.

Compared to Poland’s other metropolitan regions, the region of Warsaw is internally more polarized as it rapidly develops its economy and international ties, draining resources from its hinterland but leaving important regional linkages with smaller urban centers aside. It seems that the more globalized cities are interconnected, the more they disconnect from their local hinterlands.

However, according to Korcelli-Olejniczak, when the economic activity within the hinterland would be more prevalent, and its urban system internally linked, the region’s competitiveness will be stronger. Thus, terms of policy, Korcelli-Olejniczak’s article claims that the reconciliation between cohesion and competitiveness should be sought at the regional level.

Increased cohesion between Warsaw and its surroundings in the coming decade should thus be based on stimulating the economic development of the peripheral areas so they can take on the role of other urban centers. Networks of enterprises should thus be developed in the small- and middle-sized urban places in Warsaw’s hinterland.

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