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Title:Cities for the Urban Poor in Zimbabwe: Urban Space as a Resource for Sustainable Development
Author:Brown, Alison
Periodical:Development in Practice
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:urban poverty
urban planning
Urbanization and Migration
Development and Technology
Abstract:Large areas of cities in Zimbabwe still reflect colonial planning traditions designed to promote racial segregation, which no longer adequately meet the demands of urban areas which are doubling in size every 10-15 years. This paper looks at the political, economic and social influences on the production and use of urban space in Harare, and the extent to which the planning and regulatory system accommodates competing demands on public space in a fast-growing city. It argues that urban space is a crucial resource for poor households that cannot be ignored in the context of sustainable development, and that the failure of official policy and regulations to recognize its importance inhibits the ability of the urban poor to help themselves. Policy initiatives to redress this balance are explored. Bibliogr., note, sum.