Where are the effective local & regional policies now?

February 9, 2009

Where are the boom cities, the hot cities lists?. Today we can’t find “good” national policies. If there is any national government doing the homework, please let me know. But, what about the local and regional ones? Sure we have some doing the right thing. Where are they? Are they all blaming it on the national governments or the global economy?

These last years we used to talk about the mighty far East. Even for urban planners these cities were the way to go. Well, here is a World Bank report who wonders Will Cities Survive the Financial Crisis?.

It calls my attention this paragraph from the article: “Through the lenses of history, geography and economics, the report sheds new light on questions such as: Is urbanization today unprecedented in its speed? Are the slums we see in developing countries evidence of failed urban policies? Should cities in the developing world be kept small? The answer to all three questions is the same: No

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