Centerlines - October 2011 - (Page 42)

FEA U U C OTL R E M N THE HEART OF THE CITY Aerotropolis concept positions airports as city cores BY C AROL E SHIF R IN he idea of “aerotropolis”—a planning concept that puts airports at the heart of new cities in the increasingly globalized world—has stirred the imagination of airport planners around the globe, and North America is no exception. While the concept in its purest form appears more attuned to new greenfield, middle-of-nowhere developments, it has resonated nonetheless with executives of existing U.S. airports—and community leaders in their environs—eager to grow air services at their airports and bring in new businesses around them, providing increased employment and the other benefits that accrue from economic development. The term aerotropolis was coined by John D. Kasarda, a professor at the KenanFlagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, and elaborated upon in his book, Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next, with co-author journalist Greg Lindsay. As defined by Kasarda, an aerotropolis is “a new urban form placing airports in the center with cities growing around them, connecting workers, suppliers, executives and goods to the global marketplace.” Analogous in shape to a traditional metropolis made up of a city with rings of suburbs around it, he says, the new aerotropolis consists of an “airport city” at its core with outlying corridors and clusters of aviation-linked businesses and associated residential development. Although Kasarda acknowledges that there are dozens of existing airports at the center of an “aerotropolis or airport city,” including quite a number in North America, he rightly suggests such development generally has been organic, spontaneous and haphazard, often resulting in congestion and environmental problems. His view is that aerotropolis development in the future can be improved substantially through strategic infrastructure and urban planning. This won’t occur, he believes, under most current airport area planning approaches which he calls mostly localized, politically and functionally fragmented. He says a new approach is required, bringing together airport planning, urban and regional planning, and business-site planning in a synergistic manner so that future aerotropolis development will be more economically efficient, aesthetically pleasing, and socially and environmentally sustainable. T 42 CENTERLINES | OCTOBER 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Centerlines - October 2011

Welcome Message
President’s Message
Canadian Airports
Associates’ Corner
Policy Corner
On the Hill and On the Stump
The 2011 William E. Downes Jr. Award
Host Airport
Cover Story: Money, Service and Regulations are Top Concerns at Small Airports
Feature: Celebrating 20 Years of Annual Conferences
Feature: The Heart of the City—Aerotropolis Concept Positions Airports as City Cores
Security: TSA Reauthorization
Passenger Focus: Wings for Autism
On Management: Health and Happiness—Wellness Programs Benefit Employee and Employer
Grand Openings
Now Underway
New Members
Conference Sponsors
Conference Exhibitors
Index of Advertisers/
Box Scores

Centerlines - October 2011