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The Inclusive City

, 368 pages
April 2007



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The Inclusive City

Infrastructure and Public Services for the Urban Poor in Asia

Getting basic services—housing, transportation, trash disposal, water, and sanitation—poses almost unimaginable challenges to the urban poor of Asia. The Inclusive City provides case studies of how governmental programs attempt to meet these challenges by directly involving the poor themselves in improving their access to urban services through collaborative efforts. Case studies are drawn from the largest cities in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, China (including Hong Kong), Indonesia, and the Philippines.

Contributors to the book are scholar-practitioners from Asia as well as Australia, Canada, and the United States.

Aprodicio A. Laquian is professor emeritus of community and regional planning, University of British Columbia, and author of Beyond Metropolis: The Planning and Governance of Asia's Mega-Urban Regions. Vinod Tewari is the former director of the National Institute of Urban Affairs in Delhi. Lisa M. Hanley is a former project associate for the Comparative Urban Studies Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

"The strength of this book lies in the inclusive manner in which it deals with issues of public delivery, especially for the disempowered and the marginalized sections of Asian cities. It also looks into local initiatives for positive change and local interventions by government agencies. The work highlights collaborative endeavors for urban renewal and urban exemplars worthy of replication."

"This is a thoughtful, useful, well written, and carefully researched book that is void of trivia. It has this reviewer's strongest recommendation. It should find a place within library holdings and readings lists in academic programmes and courses that deal with urban and poverty studies. Moreover, it will be instructive to both NGO and official development assistance professionals."

"The book presents interesting case descriptions and discussions... It is a good buy."

"The book provides an important addition to literature in this field and offers a fresh understanding of South Asian cities."

"This is a useful jargon-free book that serves in very practical fashion at least to brief readers comprehensively on the scale and scope of infrastructural and urban services planning as it relates to the poor in Asian cities."

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