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The nation’s largest planned metropolis is touted as clean, green and affordable, the Dhaka Tribune reports.
The selection sheds new light on Romer’s signature idea of creating special economic zones in poor countries, The Globalist reports.
The gleaming hilltop metropolis of Rawabi, now home to 250 families, could serve as a template for other new cities in the region, the AP reports.
The experimental city of Navi Mumbai was supposed to be an urban utopia, but instead has inherited Mumbai’s poverty, Urb.im reports.
The empty new airport and desolate expressway in Luliang are examples of how China’s construction boom sometimes outpaces local needs, NPR reports.
Africa’s urban planners are starting over with new cities such as Eko Atlantic near Lagos, the Christian Science Monitor reports.
A planned metropolis in a once-booming corner of China feels empty due to unfinished skyscrapers and a dearth of residents, the Washington Post reports.
Seven of the new cities would be ready by 2019, but critics worry that unelected CEO-mayors would favor corporations, Scroll.in reports.
The new environmentally conscious Chinese cities “are just too small, too remote, too class-exclusive and expensive,” CityMetric reports.
Writing in The Conversation, a professor recommends a “charter city” model for Eko Atlantic to ensure transparency and high ethical standards.
Corruption, engineering flaws and violations of land-use regulations derailed the planned city of Dongtan near Shanghai, Chinadialogue reports.
Ajit Gulabchand tells CityMetric that new cities such as ultra-modern Lavasa are needed in India to accommodate migration to urban areas.
Clark Green City is envisioned as a high-density, diverse, mixed-income community, according to the project’s website.
Bumi Serpong Damai is designed as an environmentally conscious alternative to Indonesia’s capital, the New Cities Foundation says.
Construction of King Abdullah Economic City could help Saudi Arabia expand its economy beyond oil, the Daily Mail reports.
The book Ghost Cities of China argues that new but empty Chinese cities are only temporarily that way, according to a review in The World Today.
Private developers are expected to fund the $65 billion project, The National reports.
Jaypee Greens Sports City is designed to accommodate Formula One auto racing, cricket and other recreational activities, according to the Jaypee Group.
Rawabi is meant to be a quiet, tree-lined city for a growing middle class, but its future is mired in regional tensions, the BBC reports.
India’s Andhra Pradesh has asked Singapore to help it build a new capital city, Silicon Republic reports.