Contents: Preface. 1. Planning and Economics of Cities: An Overview. 2. The World Is Not Flat: Agglomeration, Networking and Cities. 3. India’s Spatial Transformation: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities. 4. Economics of Urban Land: A Critique of Master Planning in India. 5. Economics of Urban Transport: Integrating Transportation and Land Use Planning. 6. Urban Land Assembly: Alternatives to Public Acquisition of Land. 7. Urban Land, Transport and the Poor: Case for Inclusionary Zoning and Housing. 8. Financing Urban Development Plan: Benefit Taxation and Congestion Charging. 9. Reforming Urban Planning in India: Integrating Land, Transport and Urban Economics. Bibliography. Index.
A key factor behind the poor urban planning in developing countries such as India is the lack of understanding of land, transport and urban economics. Due to this, urban planning models are majorly unsuccessful in addressing the issues of affordable housing, transport and other basic amenities for the urban poor numbering more than a quarter of urban residents. Planning and Economics of Cities: Shaping India’s Form and Future presents theoretical and empirical research to address the shortcomings in India’s present models and suggests reforms in the current approaches. It incorporates the economics of cities into the urban planning to address the issues in India’s transition to a developed country. It also illustrates best practices from India and other countries to guide reforms in urban planning and development in this country.