THEORETICAL AND EMPIRICAL RESEARCHES IN URBAN MANAGEMENT

 

Volume 7, Issue 1, February 2012

 

1. CREATIVE CLASS OR PROCREATIVE CLASS: IMPLICATIONS FOR LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT POLICY

Laura  REESE

Michigan State University

United States of America

Using a national database this project evaluates the relative merits of the creative and procreative classes in supporting sustainable economic health in cities over time. The analysis suggests that attempts at attracting the creative class through development of cultural and entertainment amenities appear misguided. The creative class, at least as currently defined in the popular and academic literatures, does not seem to be a reliable driver of economic growth. Further, the record of local economic development incentives appears similarly weak. ...

2. THE ROLE OF INFORMAL SECTOR WITHIN  WEEE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS: A ROMANIAN PERSPECTIVE

Carmen Nadia CIOCOIU

Academy of Economic Studies

Romania

The waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) are characterized by a profound dynamism due to the pace of growth of waste quantities generated, but also because of the continuous diversification of equipment sold as an effect of the technical progress and the growth of living standards. WEEE is characterized by two main attributes: it is hazardous, due to its content of toxic substances, but at the same time it is valuable, due to the content of precious and strategic metals. ...

3. PROTECTIVE DEVELOPMENT OF CULTURAL HERITAGE TOURISM: THE CASE OF LIJIANG, CHINA

Xing HUIBIN
Azizan MARZUKI
Arman ABDUL RAZAK
Universiti Sains Malaysia
Malaysia

Under the rapid development of tourism, what most attracts tourists are the abundant, particular and various cultural heritages, which have the great potential to provide tourist destinations with everlasting charm and appeal. However, tourism is regarded as a double edged sword, and this includes cultural heritage tourism as well. In the process of tourism development at cultural heritage sites, while economic growth and social development have been gained, it seems that some social pressure and environmental problems could not be avoided, such as the danger of characteristic loss, great pressure from crowds of tourists as well as reluctant migration of local residents. ...

4. THE EFFECTIVENESS OF GOVERNMENT INCENTIVES TO FACILITATE AN INNOVATIVE HOUSING DELIVERY SYSTEM: THE PERSPECTIVE OF HOUSING DEVELOPERS

Nor'Aini YUSOF 
Universiti Sains Malaysia
Ismael Younis ABU-JARAD 
Universiti Malaysia Pahang 
Mohd Hasanal BADREE 
Universiti Sains Malaysia
Malaysia

The governmentís role in facilitating innovation has been widely discussed, but there is still a lack of evidence on the effectiveness of the incentives in place. The aim of the study is to identify whether incentives initiated by the Malaysian government to encourage the implementation of a new housing delivery system known as the Build Then Sell (BTS), are able to influence housing developers. Three incentives have been introduced by the government: a fast track planning approval process, a waiver of deposit for a developerís license and an exemption for low-cost houses. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with developers and planning officers who have experience in applying or processing the incentives. ... 

5. A TRANSPORTATION DECISION SUPPORT MODEL FOR RESIDENTIAL SITE SELECTION

Sharareh POUREBRAHIM
Mehrdad HADIPOUR
Arak University
Iran

This research develops a transportation decision support model, in GIS environment using a combination of mathematical and spatial information to help in the process of residential site selection in urban transportation network. The most important conclusion is selection of interactively their site within accessible and non-polluted area. Urban transportation planning includes several economical, technical and environmental criteria. ...

BOOK REVIEWS
 

URBAN DRAINAGE by David Butler and John W. Davies

Mihaela Pacesila

Academy of Economic Studies

Romania