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Urban Sustainability at the Limits: Development rhetorics and realities in Tanzania


  • William Cunningham Bissell


William Cunningham Bissell argues that proposed new urban master plans in Tanzania are unlikely to resolve growing concerns about long-term sustainability. Policies and plans are formulated in a top-down manner, marginalizing the poor and pathologizing the strategies they must pursue to survive. Nor is further growth the answer to the problems that free market policies have already unleashed. Sustainability cannot be achieved without transforming political culture, engaging everyday citizens and treating urban access to services and spaces as basic human rights.

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  • William Cunningham Bissell, 2011. "Urban Sustainability at the Limits: Development rhetorics and realities in Tanzania," Development, Palgrave Macmillan;Society for International Deveopment, vol. 54(3), pages 317-324, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:develp:v:54:y:2011:i:3:p:317-324

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