Planning cities

Metropolitan area planning
Improving urban planning
Using urban planning
Improving city planning
City planning
Planning urban areas
Designing cities
Rapid urbanization over the past two decades has generated extensive needs for infrastructures, facilities and land to accommodate the expansion of economic activities, services and settlement areas. Several objectives must be met against a background of a strong pressure of demand and limited resources. For planning professionals and urban authorities the challenges are many: to improve the basic information needed for ordinary land management transactions; to overcome the problems posed by the coexistence of differing land regimes and legal systems; to respond to the development of the so-called "irregular" neighbourhoods; to set up a system of government guaranteeing participatory and transparent management of land planning operations; to promote forms of access to and procedures of urban management that reconcile the interests of various social groups.

Under the banners of "regional cooperation" and "re- gional development," local governments are banding together to "plan" the future of their metropolitan areas. Fragmen- tation and decentralization, regionalists argue, are compro- mising the ability of cities to compete successfully in an increasingly competitive global environment. Only by pull- ing together through cooperative arrangements and, in some cases, consolidating local governments can metropolitan areas solve pressing urban problems such as poverty, afford- able housing, education, and job creation.

This strategy features in the framework of Agenda 21 as formulated at UNCED (Rio de Janeiro, 1992), now coordinated by the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development and implemented through national and local authorities.
Cities do not only mean high density, pollution, traffic jams, homelessness, street children: problems and despair. They also mean diversity, social cross-cutting, information, culture, health facilities: opportunities and hope. Good planning makes the difference.
Type Classification:
C: Cross-sectoral strategies