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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.

Chapter 1: Sustainable development of cities: the role of leader firms

Leo van den Berg, Wouter Jacobs, Michiel Nijdam and Erwin van Tuijl

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


The port is a living example of entrepreneurship, customer service, international approach, sustainability and innovation. These are the same qualities we want to see reflected in our city. (International Advisory Board, 2008, p. 25)