Public spaces, this year’s theme for World Habitat Day, are increasingly coming under threat by rapid urbanization in Asia, where cities desperately need to maintain and expand public spaces to enhance mobility, counter the effects of climate change, and create income opportunities.
Aldrin B. Plaza
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Urban planners should invest in heritage preservation as part of a city’s economic development strategy.
Responsible urban and regional planning and policy-making should do more to defend traditional cultures and ancestral domains in secondary cities.
If Asian cities are be able to embrace a simpler definition of smart city, then the region’s secondary cities will not be left out of the race.
More than half of ADB blog readers think infrastructure is the key to making our secondary cities not just smart, but also more livable.
Preserving urban heritage helps local industries develop, and provides income opportunities for citizens.
The biggest constraint to establishing proper urban waste disposal facilities in the country is refusing to accept them in your own city.