Transport and City Development: Understanding the Fundamentals

Author(s): Dimitriou, Harry T.
All authors:
Dimitrou, H.
Host organisation: CoE London, UK
Publication year: 2011
Published in:
from the book "Urban Transport In The Developing World: A Handbook of Policy and Practice", Edward Elgar Publishing, 2011.
Research theme: Mobility and Access
Keywords:
city development, climate change, urban transportation landscapes, infrastructrue development
Type:
Book chapter
Summary:
This chapter is intended to provide a context to the subsequent contributions of the book. It alludes to the fact, notwithstanding the economic downturn at the time of writing, that in the last twenty years or so the world's economy has witnessed unprecedented growth and dramatic changes, the outcomes of which have been particularly magnified in the developing world. It argues that the world has reached an especially critical point in its development resulting from increased globalisation with many impressive advances made but also some potential dire consequences ahead, including alarming prospects of global warming as a result of climate change if the implications of our present circumstances are ignored and visions of sustainable development are not strategically and aggressively pursued at both the local and global scale.
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