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Cities and Partnerships for Sustainable Urban Development

Cities and Partnerships for Sustainable Urban Development

Edited by Peter Karl Kresl

Over the past two decades, sustainability has become a principal concern for city administrators. It is a more than just environmental entailing economic, demographic, governance, social, and amenity aspects. After a short introduction to some theory, this book provides broad coverage of these aspects and their manifestations in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. The contributors discuss, in detail, topics surrounding measurement, growth strategy, citizen participation, revitalization, and competitiveness. Though each of the cities discussed – ranging from Shanghai, to Barcelona, to Montreal – are distinct, there are similarities that connect them all. The book highlights their common elements to provide a feasible outcome for sustainable urban development.


Peter Karl Kresl

Subjects: economics and finance, urban economics, urban and regional studies, cities, urban economics


In this book, we want to integrate two of the major topics being discussed today in urban policy: sustainability and partnerships. While each of these two concepts is quite distinct there is a congeniality between them that we find intriguing and worthy of our study. Sustainability is an objective, and partnerships are a mechanism. We want to put the mechanism in service of the objective. Any sustainability initiative is a collective or collaborative effort, involving a city’s public administration, of course, but to be successful it must involve and engage the imagination and energies of many individuals from many social, cultural, business, university, neighborhood, religious and other communities. Knowing how partnerships are formed and work, how the interest of participants is maintained, and how the energies, talents and knowledge of diverse individuals can be effectively utilized toward a common objective, is necessary if success is to be achieved.