Mid-sized cities (2) Choosing a sample

La Coruña, Spain. Image from http://landsatlook.usgs.gov/

La Coruña, Spain. Image from http://landsatlook.usgs.gov/

I’d like to talk about mid-sized cities by using examples from around the world. But I think that I will rather focus on what I know best. Iberian and French cities are those I know best, as well as (generally) European ones. I have visited only a handful of cities in the Americas, but for many reasons I feel I can say things about them. I’d like to talk about cities in other continents, but here my knowledge is (unfortunately) more limited.

Defining a set of rules to identify interesting mid-sized cities is not an easy task. I will group them according to what seem to be common features, so a comparative approach could be interesting.

Some cities are described as ports, or regional capitals, or faith hubs, or according to other qualities. If you dig a bit deeper, sometimes interesting things may appear.

After having focused mainly on big cities, 2014 will be one of the main themes of this blog during 2014.

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