In Spain this question began to gain importance as a result of the socioeconomic conflict that took place between the traditional commerce and the peri-urban commerce (or big surfaces) and what forced the public power to look for solutions. Today, in all municipal administrations there is an open debate on the importance of maintaining this balance.
There are many points of debate when talking about the impact of urban commerce on the planning of cities. Be that as it may, we would like to focus the debate on the gentrification of historic and traditional neighborhoods and their collateral effect of “expulsion” of the so-called “traditional commerce”; in the question whether commerce will continue to be a proactive urban social agent in the creation of a city; and the consequence for the city has the “low cost” economy and how it impacts on commerce.
A multidisciplinary and international table that will allow us to compare the vision of the cities of northern Europe with the Latin vision. All this, to open a debate if the commerce will continue playing this key role in society or will be diluted.