The Rebirth of Distance in the Context of Urban Sustainability

  • Kobe BoussauwEmail author
  • Richard Hanley
  • Frank Witlox
Part of the Energy Systems book series (ENERGY)


This chapter focuses on the interaction between mobility policies and spatial planning practice, and aims to contribute to a better understanding on this complex relationship. Our focus is on daily travel patterns of people (leaving freight out of the picture). We discuss the importance of spatial proximity related to the oil dependence of an urban system. We find that the debate regarding the promotion of compact development is far from finished, but that our reasoning leads to the conclusion that a further increase of residential density and land use mix in urban areas is perhaps the best guarantee for curbing excessive mobility and preparing for the end of cheap oil.


Public Transport Price Elasticity Spatial Proximity Freight Transport Travel Pattern 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Geography DepartmentGhent UniversityGentBelgium
  2. 2.Geography DepartmentGhent UniversityGentBelgium
  3. 3.New York City College of TechnologyCity University of New YorkBrooklynUSA

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