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date: 14 December 2018

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Infrastructure systems are widely acknowledged to have influenced the evolution of urban spatial structure. Interurban infrastructure systems also make possible commerce, travel, the sharing of resources (e.g., electrical power and information), and collaboration between residents of far flung cities. This article, specifically deals with the problem of managing changes in interdependent infrastructure-based networked systems (or urban infrastructure systems, for short). It also highlights some important issues of infrastructure planning, which could be addressed by urban economics. These include the real meaning and essential properties of infrastructure, characteristics of a properly functioning urban infrastructure system, managing and sustaining changes in infrastructure systems and resources available to finance, decision making associated with managing changes in infrastructure systems, and finally, policy considerations and research on the management of urban infrastructure systems.

Keywords: urban infrastructure systems, infrastructure, urban spatial structure, interurban infrastructure systems, infrastructure-based networked systems, resources

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