The Rural-Urban Fringe: Theoretical Issues and Israeli Experience

M. Sofer

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The rural space, and particularly the rural-urban fringe (RUF), in developed market economies have undergone a major process of restructuring in recent times. The RUF is a zone in transition, where urban and rural uses mix and often clash as a result of different forces that affect farmers, homeowners, and institutions. The result is the evolution of a diverse range of non-agricultural activities and a conversion and succession of land uses within this belt, affected by contesting forces as well as changing agricultural and planning policies. Changing land-use patterns in this belt have been coupled with urban encroachment on the rural space, environmental awareness, and changing rural policies. The basic trends in Israel are similar – specialization and intensification of agricultural land use, as well as expansion of structures for residential and commercial purposes. These trends reflect economic and social changes in the rural-urban fringe.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1-9
JournalLandscape and Geodiversity
StatePublished - 2013


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