Urban Planning for City Leaders – A handbook for Kenya is a valuable source of information, inspiration and ideas on urban planning that is designed for city leaders and decision makers. By 2050, Kenya’s urban population is projected to reach 44 million people, which will be close to half (46 percent) of the total country population, from an estimated current urban population of 13.8 million people. Most cities will simply not be able to cope with the impact of population growth and other issues if they do not start preparing for them now. This means planning, designing, financing and implementing strategies for sustainable urban development, which involves: land use and urban form, affordable housing, mobility, water supply, energy, waste management, social and economic development, parks and open spaces, environmental management, community amenities, safety, climate change mitigation and adaptation, urban governance and much more. This handbook includes several “how to” sections on key aspects of urban planning, answers many of the questions that leaders are frequently asked, and features numerous examples of cities where urban planning made a significant, positive transformation.
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