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Are we growing smart?: new vision for urban development in Asia and the Pacific

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  • Hyunsun Choi

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    (Department of Political Sciences and Public Administration, University of North Florida)

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    The present paper explores the implications of smart growth principles for Asia-Pacific urbanization, and discusses how to use such principles for development in this region over the coming decades. After the United States of America experienced urban pathology due to sprawl, the country implemented growth management policies, and later adopted smart growth policies. While Asian cities experience rapid growth and concentration, the principles of American urban planning can benefit future urban policy and public investment in the region. The paper also argues that smart growth policies can lead to more sustainable and equitable urban development by overcoming the current unplanned sprawl. The concept of smart growth emphasizes a sense of community, the preservation of natural resources and open space, support for existing communities, and predictability in decisions and plans.

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    Article provided by United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in its journal Asia-Pacific Development Journal.

    Volume (Year): 15 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 2 (December)
    Pages: 1-12

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    Handle: RePEc:unt:jnapdj:v:15:y:2008:i:2:p:1-12

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    Keywords: Smart growth; urban development; Asian cities; urban policy;

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