1st Edition

Livable Cities from a Global Perspective

ISBN 9781138696754
Published May 3, 2018 by Routledge
270 Pages

USD $57.95

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Book Description

Livable Cities from a Global Perspective offers case studies from around the world on how cities approach livability. They address the fundamental question, what is considered "livable?" The journey each city has taken or is currently taking is unique and context specific. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach to livability. Some cities have had a long history of developing livability policies and programs that focus on equity, economic, and environmental concerns, while other cities are relatively new to the game. In some areas, government has taken the lead while in other areas, grassroots activism has been the impetus for livability policies and programs. The challenge facing our cities is not simply developing a livability program. We must continually monitor and readjust policies and programs to meet the livability needs of all people.

The case studies investigate livability issues in such cities as Austin, Texas; Helsinki, Finland; London, United Kingdom; Warsaw, Poland; Tehran, Iran; Salt Lake City, United States; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Sydney, Australia; and Cape Town, South Africa. The chapters are organized into such themes as livability in capital city regions, livability and growth and development, livability and equity concerns, livability and metrics, and creating livability. Each chapter provides unique insights into how a specific area has responded to calls for livable cities. In doing so, the book adds to the existing literature in the field of livable cities and provides policy makers and other organizations with information and alternative strategies that have been developed and implemented in an effort to become a livable city.

Table of Contents

  1. "Livable Cities: From Concept to Global Experience"
  2. Hilda Blanco

    Part I Livability in Capital City Regions


  3. "Livability in New Urban Helsinki"
  4. Tuomas Ilmavirta

  5. "Livable Cities: UK and London"
  6. Judith Ryser

  7. "Place-Making and Livability in Ottawa and the National
  8. Capital Region"

    Angela Franovic and Caroline Andrew

    Part II Livability and Growth and Development


  9. "Struggling toward Livability in Austin, Texas"
  10. Elizabeth Mueller

  11. "Livable or Lovable? Framing the revitalization projects
  12. in Warsaw, Poland"

    Anna Domardzka

  13. "Pune Metropolis: Un-livable Cities within a Livable Metropolis"
  14. Christopher Benninger

    Part III Livability and Equity Concerns


  15. "Livable Sydney: Livable for Whom"
  16. Roberta Ryan and Yvette Selim

  17. "Making Tokyo Livable for a Super-Aging Society"
  18. Hideki Koizumi

  19. "Livability for Whom? Vancouver’s Conundrum"
  20. Penny Gurstein

    Part IV Livability and Metrics


  21. "A Global Perspective on Building a Livable City:
  22. Singapore’s Framework"

    Teng Chye Khoo and Hwee Jane Chong

  23. "Livability in Salt Lake City"
  24. Holly Lopez and Ralph Becker

  25. "Livability and access to urban goods
  26. in Melbourne"

    Heather MacDonald

    Part V Creating Livability


  27. "The Search for Livability in Third World segregated
  28. cities: the entrepreneurial city and the possibilities

    of overcoming historical inequalities in Rio de Janeiro"

    Lucia Capanema-Alvares and Jorge Luiz Barbosa

  29. "Livable Cities: The Case of Cape Town"
  30. Dave Dewar

  31. "Livability and the Challenge of Planning in Tehran"

Ali Modarres

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Roger W. Caves is Professor Emeritus of City Planning, School of Public Affairs, San Diego State University. He is the author of Land Use Planning: The Ballot Box Revolution (1992), editor of Exploring Urban America (1995), co-author of Planning in the USA (2003, 2008, and 2014), editor of Encyclopedia of the City (2005) and co-editor of Community Livability (2012) with Fritz Wagner. His research areas include urban planning, direct democracy, smart cities, housing and information technology, and community development.

Fritz Wagner is Research Professor Emeritus in the Department of Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington (Seattle). He directs the Northwest Center for Livable Communities and teaches part-time. Before joining the University of Washington he was at the University of New Orleans for 26 years, where he founded the College of Urban and Public Affairs and served as its Dean.