3S RECIPE – Smart Shrinkage Solutions: Porto (PT) Policy Brief #2. Compact Connected City

Sílvia Sousa, Alberto Rodríguez-Barcón, Vlad Mykhnenko
2020 Zenodo  
This policy brief makes evident the positive impacts of the introduction of an underground metro network in the city of Porto in terms of a compact and connected urban development. Porto shows a structural population decrease and an economic restructuring process towards a tourism-oriented services economy. Building on local knowledge and the stakeholders' experience in implementing this project, this brief reveals the importance of integrated transport systems to make cities denser and improve
more » ... denser and improve territorial and socio-economic cohesion. The key lesson learnt is that core cities, such as Porto, must be contextualized as the centres of their metropolitan areas and interwoven into a complex set of interactions allowed by the supra-municipal (regional) design of a metro network. The brief offers a set of policy recommendations on enabling mechanisms for an effective metro network delivery, while dealing with territorial imbalances and social segregation in urban shrinkage contexts.
doi:10.5281/zenodo.3893939 fatcat:u235dngfsnduhgdcecqylcgxjm