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genoa MAPPING

Anomalous, unpredictable and poetic

Europa | Genova

This edition of The CityPlan returns to Italy to explore "the marvelous city", as Genoa’s administrators like to call it. Our GIS-based maps give an immediate view of Genoa’s distinctive geographical position tucked in between the sea and mountains that tumble down almost to the coast. The natural contour map shows how the city has grown up on steep slopes, slipping into every possible crevice, a feature that has understandably led to its description as an anomalous, unpredictable and poetic place. Yet despite Genoa’s extraordinary fascination, the population has progressively declined in the last few decades, going from 600,000 in 2001 to 580,000 today. Nor is the demographic trend expected to change, with forecasts for further population shrinkage. The population and worker density maps reveal a compact linear distribution spread evenly over the whole...

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