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A. Latham & J. Montgomery

In: The SAGE Handbook of New Urban Studies

Part VII: Urbanization, Urbanity and Urban Lifestyles

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Urbanization, Urbanity and Urban Lifestyles

As Paul Collier and Anthony J. Venables emphasize in their study of urbanization in Africa (Chapter 24), the production of urban lifestyles depends at a basic level on factors such as population density, which allows the development of facilities and services. In an African context they trace the failures of the formal mass housing market to five factors: the affordability of housing; lack of clarity in land titling and legal enforcement; lack of innovation in supply of housing finance; failure to supply supporting infrastructure and to capture development gains to finance this; and failure to plan cities in a manner conducive to employment creation. They point out that the lack of coordination between different parts ...

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