Should new cities be built on greenfields?

Quick poll: Do you feel that new cities should be built on “greenfields” (i.e. previously undeveloped land)?

Entering Lilongwe / Credit: algreen

Entering Lilongwe / Credit: algreen

  • Yes of course
  • Absolutely not
  • It depends
  • I have no idea

I live in the city of Lilongwe, Malawi. Malawi has four cities of which two (Blantyre and Lilongwe) are the biggest. Lilongwe is the capital city and Blantyre is the commercial city.

The City of Lilongwe has a population of about 674,448 with an annual growth rate of 4.3 percent, while the City of Blantyre has a population of 661,144 with an annual growth rate of 2.8.

Both the Lilongwe and Blantyre City Councils are responsible for all planning and development control functions in their respective cities through the Planning and Development Departments.

The land use plans, policy and related legal documents provide guidance and strategies in the development and management of the cities in addressing the rapid urbanization and development challenges.

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August 13, 2013   Comments Off on Should new cities be built on greenfields?