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Planning in Cities

Rodney White Roger Zetter
Price: $ 22.5

Globalization and the neo-liberal economic development paradigm are the driving forces of urbanization in the developing world in the 21st century. These processes question the extent to which the increasingly rapid scale and speed of city growth is sustainable: they present profound challenges to the design of effective urban planning policies and management strategies. Planning in Cities is an innovative study which bridges theory and practice to explore these conflicting challenges.

Part I explores the changing paradigms of development and environmentalism and how these have impacted on the process of urbanization and the emerging debates on the sustainability of cities. These chapters review and elaborate the discourse on sustainability, setting it firmly within the context of urbanization and development. The increasing disjuncture between these concepts and the challenge this presents to the planning of cities in the developing world is highlighted.

Part 11 shifts from discourse to practice. Case studies drawn from different countries and different urban policy sectors - land delivery in Lesotho, water supply in Bolivia, community enablement in Mexico, development and public service provision in Colombia, sanitation in India - investigate the design and implementation of planning policies and ways of improving urban governance to support sustainable urban growth. The studies assess the challenges and limitations to capacity building in the urban sector. Lessons learned from different practical approaches are demonstrated and critiqued.

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