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Limiti potestativi, amministrativi ed economici della città
Journal Title: STORIA URBANA  
Author/s: Lando Bortolotti 
Year:  2003 Issue: 102 Language: Italian 
Pages:  14 FullText PDF:  63 KB

The pre-industrial towns were surrounded by walls: the administration and power boundaries generally coincided. Only the economic boundaries exceeded the walls. The opposition town-countryside was clear-cut. The towns belonging to the net-like system (according to the definition by P.M. Hohenberg and L.H. Lees) was not the rule, but the exception. In our times the oldest opposition town-countryside is growing weaker. The town boundaries, likewise the districts’ and regions’, are losing the old meaning. The public utilities like health, education, water supply, public transport and so on are more and more overcoming the administration boundaries. Thanks to the spread of information, today every town can have world wide connections, thus belonging to the global system of towns. So life is no longer local because it develops in a manifold space. In Italy a great difficulty is represented by the inadequate size of the town hall which is, however, the only public body people rely on.

Lando Bortolotti, in "STORIA URBANA " 102/2003, pp. , DOI:


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