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Urban Planning for City Leaders

Author(s): Pablo Vaggione

Urban planning is a key tool for local leaders in supporting the realization of a city’s vision. A guide that offers lessons and ideas on urban planning is important for mayors and other local leaders. In our experience in Medellin, Colombia, we have learned the importance of urban planning for good development. We have instruments for urban planning that are approved by the Council with the involvement of residents and it is mandatory for local leaders to produce plans. Although they are often regarded as a bureaucratic requirement, urban plans – even those with a short validity of four years – can have an impact on a city for the next 20 years and more if they are properly conceived and systematically executed.

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