THEORETICAL AND EMPIRICAL RESEARCHES IN URBAN MANAGEMENT

 

Number 4(13), November 2009 

 

1. HARMONIC TOURISM, FACTOR OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN THE CITY OF TOLUCA, MEXICO

Rocío SERRANO BARQUÍN

Silverio HERNÁNDEZ MORENO

Rebeca SERRANO BARQUÍN

Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México

 Mexico

In this article a proposal of territorial planning is presented from harmonic tourism as the factor that boosts sustainable development in the city of Toluca and the region of the Valley with the same name. In this proposal elements of “New Urbanism, Sustainability and Harmonic Tourism” are incorporated.  ...

2. FLOODING AND PHYSICAL PLANNING IN URBAN AREAS IN WEST AFRICA: SITUATIONAL ANALYSIS OF ACCRA, GHANA

Noah Kofi KARLEY

Heriot Watt University

United Kingdom

The need to explore the causes of the increasing incidences of flooding in West Africa in recent years motivated the investigation carried out in this research. It is natural to want to attribute the situation to climate change and the increased occurrences of high intensity rainfall predicted as a consequence ...

3. CHINESE IMMIGRATION AND ITS IMPLICATIONS ON URBAN MANAGEMENT IN LOS ANGELES

Xueming CHEN

Virginia Commonwealth University

United States of America

This paper reviews the Chinese immigration history in Los Angeles, with Chinatown representing its urbanization process and San Gabriel Valley representing its suburbanization process. These two processes are distinct and have different impacting factors. This empirical study also compares similarities and differences of the urban development patterns between the Chinese Americans and the mainstream white Americans....

4. HIGH-SPEED RAIL IN THE MIDWEST UNITED STATES: POTENTIAL FOR SUCCESS

Shishir MATHUR

San Jose State University

Srikalyani SRINIVASAN

Metropolitan Transportation Commission, MetroCenter 

United States of America

This paper assesses the potential for successful provision of high-speed rail (HSR) in the Midwestern United States, and concludes by identifying major lessons that other states and regions in the United States interested in developing HSR can draw from Midwest’s experience  ...

5. MATHEMATICAL MODELING CONSIDERING AIR POLLUTION OF TRANSPORTATION: AN URBAN ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING, CASE STUDY IN PETALING JAYA, MALAYSIA

Mehrdad HADIPOUR

Sharareh POUREBRAHIM

Arak University, Iran

Ahmad Rodzi MAHMMUD

University Putra Malaysia, Malaysia

This paper provides the findings on a project undertaken to develop a geo-spatial mathematical model relating landuse, road type and air quality. The model shows how spatial elements and issues were quantified to accurately represent the usual and unusual urban environment in the development of residential land-use. The mathematical relationship was based on the optimum distance between residential area and urban transportation network.  ... 

6. VISITORS PERCEPTION ON VANDALISM AND SAFETY ISSUES IN A MALAYSIAN URBAN PARK

Nurhayati ABDUL MALEK

International Islamic University Malaysia

Manohar MARIAPAN

University Putra Malaysia

 Malaysia

The purpose of this research is to identify and understand vandalism issues that occur in the selected case study site as well as to determine characteristics of the surrounding landscape associated with vandalism hotspots, and to justify safe environments in park areas. Questionnaire survey was conducted and specifically studies an urban park in the city of Shah Alam in the state of Selangor, Malaysia ...

7. SQUATTERS AND AFFORDABLE HOUSES IN URBAN AREAS: LAW AND POLICY IN MALAYSIA

Azlinor SUFIAN

Nor Asiah MOHAMAD

International Islamic University Malaysia

 Malaysia

Being one of the developing countries in Asia, squatters and housing are among the main subject of government focus in each development programmme in Malaysia. This article focuses on the issue of squatters and housing and seeks to present on how the Malaysian government has work towards providing a quality life and affordable housing to its citizens ...

8. CURRENT TECHNOLOGIES APPLIED TO URBAN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Silverio HERNÁNDEZ-MORENO

Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México

 Mexico

The present work organizes information in a systematized way, on environmental technologies applied to each of the tasks and activities that are performed in the cities, urban planning and development. These technologies are an updated part of all the technologies that can be applied, therefore, it is the state-of-the-art of new technologies applied to urban sustainable development which mostly are processes, instruments of measurement, simulators, equipment, materials, Software and Hardware that are of great help for urbanism designers and promoters of urbanism in the cities development.  ...

9. FROM MASTER PLAN TO VISION PLAN: THE CHANGING ROLE OF PLANS AND PLAN MAKING IN CITY DEVELOPMENT (WITH REFERENCE TO MUMBAI)

Ramakrishna NALLATHIGA

Center for Good Governance 

India

Master plans are the traditional instruments used by urban local governments in India as forward planning tools by anticipating urban development and making provisions for the same in terms of (a) the allocation of land for various uses, (b) the regulation of its development and (c) the provision of civic infrastructure  ...

10. URBAN SPRAWL, PATTERN AND MEASUREMENT IN LOKOJA, NIGERIA

Michael Oloyede ALABI

Kogi State University

Nigeria

Lokoja have been experiencing a large influx of population from its surrounding regions, which had led to rapid growth and expansion that had left profound changes on the landscape in terms of land use and land cover. This study uses the GIS techniques and the application of Shannon’s entropy theory to measure the behavior of sprawl which is based on the notion that landscape entropy or disorganization increases with sprawl, analysis was carried out based on the integration of remote sensing and GIS, the measurement of entropy is devised based on the town location factors, distance from roads, to reveal and capture spatial patterns of urban sprawl ...

11. IMPROVING URBAN MANAGEMENT THROUGH E-GOVERNMENT SERVICES: THE ROMANIAN EXPERIENCE

Ion PLUMB

Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest
Romania

Andreea ZAMFIR

Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest
Romania

The paper outlines the role of e-Government services within the process of improving urban management and the conceptual framework for measuring the e-Government services development. Furthermore, the progress on e-Government services in Romania is analyzed with a view to compare it with the sophistication stage achieved within the European Union ...

12. THE BRANDING POTENTIAL OF BUCHAREST. STRATEGY AND SUCCESS FACTORS

Ruxandra Irina POPESCU

Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest
Romania

Bucharest is still looking for its identity. Reported in the national brand – that is still in an incipient phase, it can play two roles: whether as ingredient for the country brand, the capital becoming an element included on the list of values promoted at national level, or as a landmark, for defining and subsequently for improving the country brand.  ...

13. ENERGY – CLIMATE CHANGE PACKAGE IMPACT ON ROMANIAN URBAN AREAS

Virgil MUSATESCU

Romanian Association for Energy Policies

Mihaela COMANESCU

Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest
Romania

Europe recognized the tight link between energy and climate change and took - through a coherent legislative package - the role of a global leadership to tackle climate change, to face up to the challenge of secure, sustainable and competitive energy, and to make the European economy a model for world sustainable development in the 21st century ...

14. BOOK REVIEW ON URBAN WASTE MANAGEMENT. EUROPEAN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE

Mihaela PĂCEŞILĂ

Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest
Romania

In 2009 has been published at Academy of Economic Studies Publishing House of Bucharest, Romania, the book „Urban Waste Management. European Comparative perspective”, written by Ştefan Gabriel Burcea. The paper was published with the support of CNCSIS project, TD Program, contract no. 153/2007, Theme 7 “The elaboration of an integrated waste management system and of an evaluation methodology of its efficiency”. ...

15. BOOK REVIEW ON THE GREEK PRESENCE IN TULCEA

Paula SCALCĂU

Petre Sergescu School, Drobeta Turnu Severin

Romania

The Greek Presence in Tulcea”, written by Victor Henrich Baumann, is one of the works that have recently been published by the Greek Union of Romania. Its writer is from Tulcea and he is an expert on ancient universal history and archeology. The son of an Austrian from Banat and a Greek woman from Kerkira, he has always been fascinated by the “scent of the lemon trees in bloom”, as he confesses in the book prologue, and he has never been able to cut the roots that go deep in the holy soil of Kerkira. ...