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Aspects of Development and Territorial Potential in Turda - Câmpia Turzii Urban Agglomeration, Romania

Georgiana BOSIOC1, Andreea Maria VÂTCĂ1
1 Babeș-Bolyai University, Faculty of Geography, Cluj-Napoca, ROMANIA
Pages: 59-68

Abstract. Territorial cohesion is a means through which diversity is transformed into an advantage. Therefore, territorial cohesion creates bonds between the economic efficiency, social cohesion and ecological balance. Turda and Câmpia Turzii, both industrial cities, seem hardly  to adapt to the dezindustrialisation process due to the small distance from Cluj-Napoca in which are concentrated more than 60% of the county’s population, more than 80% turnover and over 90% of the investments. Distance, division and concentration are currently the enemies for a balanced territorial development determined by the negative competitiviness between large and small cities. This situation creates a hipertrophy of the urban network of Cluj county. Analysing the development degree and the bonds between the main components reflect a less viable space with large socio-economic disparities, yet with a high territorial potential. The access to means of transportation, the diversity of natural attractions and resources, and being located nearby a large city of international importance are assets that should be valued and transformed into advantages. In this case, economy is the one that sets a certain developing direction for the other components, by influencing labour force quality, migratory growth fluctuations, quality of the environment and use of natural resources.

K e y w o r d s:  urban agglomeration, sustainable value map, territorial cohesion, indicators, scores, keys actions