The freight landscape: Convergence and divergence in urban freight distribution


  • Jean-Paul Rodrigue Professor, Dept. of Global Studies & Geography, Hofstra University, New York
  • Laetitia Dablanc French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks (IFSTTAR), Universite de Paris-Est, France.
  • Genevieve Giuliano Ferraro Chair in Effective Local Government, Director, METRANS Transportation Center, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California, United States.



City Logistics, Urban Freight Distribution, Land Use, Spatial Structure


The paper introduces the concept of the freight landscape: the spatial distribution of freight activity and intensity in a metropolitan area. Using population and employment density information, a freight landscape matrix is calculated for four major metropolitan areas: New York, Los Angeles, Paris and Seoul. Levels of convergence and divergence between population and employment densities are assessed, each characterized by different freight landscapes requiring different city logistics strategies. Results reveal substantial variations between metropolitan areas, which are observed across the respective levels of zonal specialization as well as density changes over distance from central areas.


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How to Cite

Rodrigue, J.-P., Dablanc, L., & Giuliano, G. (2017). The freight landscape: Convergence and divergence in urban freight distribution. Journal of Transport and Land Use, 10(1).