|Authors:||Oddrun Helen Hagen, Kjersti Visnes Øksenholt, Aud Tennøy|
|ISBN (digital version):||978-82-480-2110-0|
Vibrant city centers are important for a city to be perceived as attractive. In small and middle sized cities wanted development and localization of trade and service, new houses, working places, cultural and other activities need to be steered to inside and close by the center. Then many people can use the city centers. This report sums up research-based and other documented knowledge of what kind of area development contributes in making cities more attractive. A mixed offer of quality housing and residential areas can make different citizens choose the city as a place of residence. Central location of jobs make it possible for more people to find attractive jobs that can be reached within a certain travel time. Planning according to the Planning and Building Act is the most important instrument for developing compact and attractive cities, as well as non-juridical plans such as city strategies, urban guidelines and parking policies. The municipalities must also take an active outward and leading role, where cooperation between different actors is central.