Towns and cities are rapidly expanding in both the industrialised and the developing countries and this unprecedented urban growth is bringing with it a host of problems. It is probably true to say that urban problems today are reaching such dimensions on a world scale as to place them third in importance only to those of the threat to civilisation from nuclear warfare and the continued existence of hunger among large sections of the world’s population. Yet what is not yet widely enough appreciated is the fact that more than half of the world’s urban population now lives in the developing countries rather than in the industrialised countries. This proportion will increase significantly before the end of the present century. It is the purpose of this book to outline the major dimensions of the urbanisation process in the developing countries and also to examine both the more pressing urban problems which have arisen and the directions of current thinking towards the solution of those problems.
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