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Between the river banks. Shopping changes in the shadow of a new road bridge

Authors: Pawel Smolinski*, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun
Topics: Social Geography, Urban and Regional Planning, Economic Geography
Keywords: trade,shopping, urban development, spatial planning, social behavior
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/8/2020
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 4:35 PM
Room: Virtual Track 3
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Trade has accompanied man continuously since ancient times. It was and actually is a factor driving the global economy. With the development of civilization, the function of trade has evolved, constantly adapting to the needs of recipients (Davis, 1966, Shafaeddin, 1998; Pahre, 2008). From the end of the Middle Ages, trade centers were located on the main city streets (Davis, 1966; Turner-Lloveras, 1997). Currently, shopping centers are multifunctional shopping malls (Chang, 2011; Sutton, 2010).
After 1989 in Poland, along with the ongoing systemic changes, we observed rapid changes in the organization and location of trade (Środa-Murawska et al., 2007). In addition to the changes related to the transformation of the central-steering economy into the market economy, in subsequent years, changes in the function of urban space related to investments were of great importance for the location of trade. The pace of these activities increased with the moment of Poland's accession to the European Union.
The aim of the study was to identify shopping hotspot localization changes with particular regard to impacts of the new road bridge, in Torun (Poland).
It is also interesting whether and to what extent consumer behavior has changed.

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