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By Jo Beall

ISBN-10: 0415390990

ISBN-13: 9780415390996

Via 2030 extra than sixty percent of the world's inhabitants will stay in city components, with lots of the world’s inhabitants progress over the next twenty-five years being absorbed via towns and cities in low and heart source of revenue nations. What are the implications of this shift? Demographic strain already traces the potential of neighborhood and nationwide governments to control city change. Today, approximately a billion humans stay in slums, and within the absence of vital intervention that quantity is determined to double within the subsequent twenty years. Will our destiny be ruled by way of mega-cities of poverty and depression, or can urbanization be harnessed to develop human and financial improvement? towns and improvement offers a serious exploration of the dynamic courting among urbanism and development. Highlighting either the demanding situations and possibilities linked to quick city swap, the ebook surveys: the old dating among urbanization and improvement the function towns play in fostering fiscal development in a globalizing international the original features of city poverty and the bad list of interventions designed to take on it the complexities of handling city environments; problems with city crime, violence, struggle and terrorism in modern towns the significance of city making plans, governance and politics in shaping urban futures. This e-book brings into dialog debates from city and improvement reviews and highlights the strengths and weaknesses of present coverage and making plans responses to the modern city problem. It comprises study oriented vitamins within the kind of summaries, boxed case experiences, improvement questions and extra interpreting. The e-book is meant for senior undergraduate and graduate scholars drawn to city, foreign and improvement reviews, in addition to policy-makers and planners fascinated with equitable and sustainable city improvement.

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Interventions generally focus on one of two areas: working to improve the prospects of the urban poor to establish sustainable livelihoods and working to improve the quality of housing. With few exceptions, targeted interventions aiming to improve the lot of the urban poor have failed to generate sustainable change on a sufficient scale. Another angle of intervention has been on the critical urban services that determine the quality of life in urban environments more generally. As we show in Chapter 5, efforts to improve water, sanitation and solid waste disposal services have not kept pace with increasing demand due to rapid urban growth.

The fact that European nations (and Japan) had been successfully reindustrialised after the war with international assistance fed optimism that this approach could be extended elsewhere in the world. Roughly speaking, one can discern four post-war periods in development theory, policy and practice. The 1950s and 1960s were decades of optimism dominated by ‘modernisation’ theory, which emphasised state-driven industrial expansion to accelerate economic growth and development, modelled, to some extent, on the Marshall Plan.

The ‘green revolution’ initiated in the late 1960s, which sought to increase agricultural productivity in low- and middle-income countries by introducing more productive crop varieties and better cultivation practices, was wholeheartedly embraced. Development in the first urban century • 23 These debates and policies were complemented by strategies to manage rural–urban migration in order to prevent over-urbanisation. It was argued that the best way to control urbanisation was to raise the standard of living in rural areas to the equivalent of that enjoyed by the residents of cities.

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