Thursday, February 17, 2011
Planning the World's Newest Nation
Urban Planning is up and running in South Sudan.
Matt Yglesias isn't impressed:
I don’t think you necessarily want too much “planning” of a growing city at all. I’d like to see land used roughly as densely as market conditions warrant. But laying out street grids and such is necessary, and the goal should be to create a large number of relatively small streets—short blocks are good for walking, bicycling, etc. That kind of thing is especially important in poor countries; urban design that privileges the car is very bad for people who can’t afford one.
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Perhaps those of us who teach urban planning need to make sure our brothers and sisters in developing countries have more modern textbooks. This looks like Corbusier all over again. Just call it Chandigarh west?
Posted by: Kurt Paulsen | Feb 21, 2011 2:01:10 PM