Regional Research of Russia

, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 386–391 | Cite as

Spatial possibilities and barriers of the postindustrial development of a regional metropolis (the Case Study of Rostov-on-Don)

Urban Development


Within the architectonics of the territorial organization of modern Russian society, the centers of federal subjects, or regional metropolises (innovation establishing itself more firmly in the Russian terminological practice [1–5]) occupy special dominant place. In the urbanized network constructed by them, Moscow and St. Petersburg are certainly of great significance; however, if we also consider cities of federal importance (that partially perform and region-making functions), currently, in the territory of Russia, there are 84 “bunches” of regional political power and economic1 influence that concentrate 50.3% of the country’s urban population. All of them are different: from miniature Magas in Ingushetia with a population of 2500 to the Moscow megametropolis containing (with suburbs) up to 18 mln people; at the same time, only 34 regional metropolises account for more than 500000 inhabitants (i.e., they may be characterized as more or less large-scale) and only 18 among them are considered to be city agglomerations with a population of more than a million. Not all of them are successful and have adequately fulfilled possibilities of postindustrial development and metropolization.


Housing Stock Housing Construction Federal Subject Post Soviet Period Postindustrial Society 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.North Caucasian Research Institute of Economic and Social ProblemsSouthern Federal UniversityRostov-on-DonRussia

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