Publication of the study trip report to Montpellier and Sète!
- Rapport de voyage © Ecole urbaine
THE FIRST YEARS OF THE MASTER OF REGIONAL AND URBAN STRATEGY WENT IN OCTOBER 2018 TO THE CITIES OF MONTPELLIER AND SÈTE.
The aim of a study trip is to allow students to learn to observe places, to listen to interlocutors, to ask questions that promote exchange, to cross-reference the answers, to analyze data in a comparative and critical manner and to understand a territory.
The entry point of this trip was based on a reflection that is dear to the students: to question, in Montpellier and Sète, this coexistence/complementarity/tension between metropolis and middle city.
Montpellier is one of the few French cities whose development has not been based on industry and whose assets make it one of the most attractive and dynamic cities in demographic terms, based on a service economy and academic development. Apparently rich, it is nevertheless marked by significant socio-economic inequalities. Sète, with lower average incomes, bases its strategy on its maritime, cultural and tourist assets. Can we talk about competition between these cities? Do they still live independently today? or do they build complementarities?