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Cities in Transition

Price: $ 25

"At the threshold of the 21st century cities and towns form the front line in the development campaign. Within a generation the majority of the developing world's population will live in urban areas and the number of urban residents in developing countries will increase by 2.5 billion--the current urban population of the entire world." Within a generation, the developing world will be predominantly urban. The scale of this urbanization is unprecedented and offers significant opportunities for countries to improve the quality of life for their citizens. The growth of cities and towns creates opportunity for all citizens and the urban built environment can enrich an entire nation's cultural identity. "Cities in Transition" discusses some key issues, such as the need for a new urban strategy for the World Bank, pursuing a vision of sustainable cities, a renewed World Bank strategy for urban and local assistance, and requirements for implementing the new strategy. The book discusses how local governments in partnership with other public agencies, the private sector, and the residents can ensure the delivery and financing of essential services and promote the welfare and productivity of the urban society. An important resource for urban planners, policymakers, and those working within the international development community.

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