“In a fair world it should be unthinkable to ignore the needs of close to one billion of the poorest people on the earth living in its second-largest and second most-populous continent. A part of the world with already one-third of the population living in cities, most of whom in slums, and with a flow of people from the country side continuing at record rates.”
Every once in a while an article pops in over the transom, as happened this morning, that provides us with a good, independent checklist of the woes and, if not the solutions, at least the directions in which solutions might usefully be sought to our transportation related tribulations. And this carefully crafted piece by Danish architect Henrik Valeur is a good case in point. His independent out of the box perspective leads him to making comments links and pointing out relationships which take him well beyond the usual transportation purview. And if his immediate source of comment in this article is the awful, the quite unnecesssary situation on the streets of India, the points he makes have universal application. Healthy stuff for planners and policy makers. Let’s have a look..
WORLD BANK, BEIJING February 27, 2012 – China should complete its transition to a market economy — through enterprise, land, labor, and financial sector reforms — strengthen its private sector, open its markets to greater competition and innovation, and ensure equality of opportunity to help achieve its goal of a new structure for economic growth.
These are some of the key findings of a joint research report by a team from the World Bank and the Development Research Center of China’s State Council, which lays out the case for a new development strategy for China to rebalance the role of government and market, private sector and society, to reach the goal of a high income country by 2030.
This charming piece appeared in a local newspaper in Guadalajara one year after my visit there in support of their World Car Free Day program in September 2011. The article is amusingly written and the cartoon is apparently what I looked like after a full day of biking without sunscreen protection in the tropical sun for their wonderful Cyclovia, the second oldest and second largest in the world. While the original source can be seen here, the text is reasonably amenible to Googe Translate. I thought that some of my friends might enjoy it, so here it is. Continue reading
Originally posted on World Streets: The Politics of Transport in Cities:
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