SCIENTIA GEOGRAPHICA SINICA ›› 2015, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (7): 831-837.doi: 10.13249/j.cnki.sgs.2015.07.831

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The Spatial Layout of Logistics Parks in Chongqing Urban Area and Its impacts on the Urban Structure

Hui-ming ZONG1(), Peng-cheng WANG1, Ji-cai DAI2   

  1. 1. School of Geographical Science, Southwest University, Chongqing, 400715, China
    2.School of Geography and Tourism, Chongqing Normal University, Chongqing, 400047, China
  • Received:2014-01-20 Revised:2014-04-08 Online:2015-07-20 Published:2015-07-20

Abstract:

The Chinese cities are experiencing the process of rapid globalization and urbanization, which makes the process of urban structure transforming more complicated. The relationship between the spatial layout of logistics and urban structure is meaningful to the urban theory and urban planning but less discussed. This article takes Chongqing’s urban area as a case, one of biggest cities and logistics center in western China, to analyze the influence of logistics parks to urban structure. We collected data by field work in all the logistics parks, especially by deeply interviewed with the managers of logistics parks and the officers from government. Firstly, we reviewed the development process of logistics parks in Chongqing City. Although it developed later, it has been experiencing a rapid industrialization process with a fast speed. Secondly, two location preferences of the logisitcs parks were found: one is near main road or main transportation terminal; the other is far from the urban center area; Thirdly, we argued that logistics parks have close relationship with the urban spatial structure. On the one hand, logistics parks locating outside of the urban area had led the sprawl of urban area through the transportation oriented development; on the other hand, they brought changes to the urban internal structure and function by guaranteeing the logistics land space and promoting the development of surrounded area. Fourthly, an interaction mechanism framework was conducted with urban governance factors and economical impacts. Finally, this article suggests that the direct and indirect interaction between the logistics park and urban structure should have different performance with different logistics parks. The future direction of research should be more cases study about the logistics parks and urban structure.

Key words: Logistics park, spatial layout, urban structure, mechanism, Chongqing urban area

CLC Number: 

  • F291