The Paris Region: Operating and Planning Freight at multiple Levels in a European City
All authors:
Laetitia Dablanc and Antoine Frémont
Host organisation:
CoE Southern California U, USA
Country: France
Publication year: 2012
Published in:
Hall, P. and Hesse, M. (Eds.) Cities, Regions and Flows, New York: Routledge
Research theme: Change Processes and Institutional Innovation, Policy and Planning, Urban Freight
Freight at multiple levels, European cities
Book chapter
This chapter invites readers to re-imagine Paris and the Ile-de-France region through the perspective of freight movement. Reviewing developments in the past three decades, it highlights the importance of the metropolitan highway system and the phenomenon of ‘logistics sprawl´. The chapter also highlights the multiple scales at which metropolitan freight movements are organized; from global air and seaport gateways, to the increasingly polarized organization of local truck deliveries.  
Our chapter is divided into three sections.
In the first section, the Ile-de-France region as a gateway for freight traffic and a major hub for European logistics is presented. The spatial organization of terminals, and sprawling patterns, are identified and represented.
In the second section, the features, issues and challenges of urban distribution in the region´s core (Paris and the first ring of cities) are detailed.
In the third part, we highlight the role of the various levels of governments (the national State, the Region and the municipalities) in trying to counteract the current logistics laissez-faire.
Regional planning and governance issues are detailed, and some specific questions are addressed.
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