Drivers and consequences of urban development

The first report from IVA’s project Good Cities of the Future is based on relevant research and statistics on what drives change and transformation in cities.

We often hear in the public debate that urbanisation in Sweden is taking place at the expense of rural areas. One important conclusion in the report is that this is a simplified and inaccurate version of the real situation and one that is not supported by the facts. There are other similar inaccurate assumptions with respect to unemployment statistics. To build attractive and sustainable cities it is important to make community planning decisions based on an understanding of which facts and drivers determine whether an urban area is attractive and sustainable. The drivers that are the focus of this report are density, innovative capacity and participation.

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