Making A City Liveable is No Easy Matter

By Goh Ban Lee

September 2012 VOICE IN THE CROWD
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While it is true that liveable city rankings do not always consider what the locals think, it is also not always a good way to let city planning to be dictated at public gatherings. Creating liveable cities is not rocket science, and there are no secrets. But there are crucial socioeconomic and political realities.As liveable city rankings become popular globally, there is a growing interest to make Malaysian cities move up the scales. For instance, the former mayor of Kuala...

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Goh Ban Lee

is a senior research fellow in the Penang Institute.