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On Measuring the Complexity of Urban Living

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  • Hasan, Lubna Hasan

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This paper explores the concept of city ranking as a way to measure dynamics and complexities of urban life. These rankings have various dimensions and uses. Both the context in which these rankings are done, and their nature has changed considerably overtime. These rankings are also afflicted with many methodological and measurement problems. A review of major city rankings and related literature is carried out to suggest a framework for measuring Pakistani cities.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 6619.

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