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The task ahead for the cities of the developing countries (英语)

Between 1975 and the year 2000 the cities of the developing countries will be expected to absorb 70 percent of the projected population increases. This paper examines the causes, magnitude, and locations of the unprecedented growth of urban areas. Cities are absorbing large numbers of people, but in an inefficient and inequitable manner. Few cities are prepared for the vast increases that are clearly foreseeable in the next two decades. Unless there are changes in national, regional, and urban policies, the growth of urban areas will not make its maximum possible contribution to social well-being. After outlining a typology of countries, the discussion focuses on the growth, size, and distribution of urban areas in developing countries; the problems of inequity and poverty in the city; and the absorptive capacity of cities. It concludes with recommendations for each of the country types established. The two main points of intervention recommended would increase the value of labour and/or upgrade the quality of labour and would improve the quantity and quality of services.


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    The task ahead for the cities of the developing countries

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