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Theses/dissertations from 2012 2012.

Humor-Related Social Exchanges and Mental Health in Assisted Living Residents , Ann Elizabeth McQueen (Dissertation)

Public Policy and Sexual Geography in Portland, Oregon, 1970-2010 , Elizabeth Morehead (Dissertation)

Narrative Processes in Urban Planning: A Case Study of Swamp Gravy in Colquitt, Georgia , Ronald David Pate (Dissertation)

Theses/Dissertations from 2011 2011

The dynamics of change among community development corporations in Inner North/Northeast Portland, 1987-2006 , Louisa Jenkins Brown (Dissertation)

Navigating the Edges: An Examination of the Relationship between Boundary Spanning, Social Learning, and Partnership Capacity in Water Resource Management , Stephan Edward Brown (Dissertation)

Opening Black Boxes and Following Traces: An Exploration of the Coalition for a Livable Future's Regional Equity Atlas Actor-World, 2003-2007 , Meg Merrick (Dissertation)

Exploring Sense of Place of Community Gardens in Portland , Barbara E. Shields (Dissertation)

The Experience of Senior Housing for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Seniors: An Exploratory Study , Kathleen Margaret Sullivan (Dissertation)

Wherefore by Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them: An Actor-Network Theory Analysis of Mercy Corps' Peaceful Communities Initiative in Central Asia , John Thomas Westerman (Dissertation)

Theses/Dissertations from 2010 2010

Portland's Independent Music Scene: The Formation of Community Identities and Alternative Urban Cultural Landscapes , Rebecca Elizabeth Ball (Thesis)

Community Development for a White City: Race Making, Improvementism, and the Cincinnati Race Riots and Anti-Abolition Riots of 1829, 1836, and 1841 , Silas Niobeh Crowfoot (Dissertation)

Assessing Portland's Smart Growth: A Comprehensive Housing Supply and Location Choice Modeling Approach , Hongwei Dong (Dissertation)

The Foundation to Collaborate: Understanding the Role of Participant Interests , Tia S. Henderson (Dissertation)

Working Mothers' Decisions, Experiences and Feelings about using On-Site Childcare , Stephanie LaRae Hixson-Somanchi (Dissertation)

Guild's Lake Courts : an impermanent housing project , Tanya Lyn March (Dissertation)

Policy Responses to the Closure of Manufactured Home Parks in Oregon , Andrée Tremoulet (Dissertation)

Modeling the Role of Operational Characteristics in Safety Performance of PublicTransportation Systems: The Case of TriMet Bus Collision and Non-collision Incidents. , Paul Herman Wachana (Dissertation)

Theses/Dissertations from 2009 2009

Dutch Spatial Planning: The Coordination of Compact Development and Affordable Housing , Andrew James Eickmann (Thesis)

The Incorporation of Direct Democracy : Populism and Initiative Practices as Contested Terrain , Larry Galizio (Dissertation)

The Social Bottom Line of Community Development Financial Institutions: What Facilitates or Inhibits the Uptake and Use of Meaningful Social and Community Impact Reporting? , Kelly Haines (Thesis)

Community, Conversation, and Conflict: a Study of Deliberation and Moderation in a Collaborative Political Weblog , Samantha Isabella Soma (Dissertation)

Theses/Dissertations from 2008 2008

Giving Process its Due : can Collaboration Help Environmental Markets Succeed? , John Robert Cochran (Dissertation)

Benchmarking Community Investments in Green Building and Green Buying Programs in Five U.S. Cities , Shanna Nicole Eller (Dissertation)

"Whose streets? Our streets!" Urban Social Movements and the Transformation of Everyday Life in Pacific Northwest Cities, 1990-1999 , Leanne Claire Serbulo (Dissertation)

Theses/Dissertations from 2007 2007

Contribution of Public Support Agency Programs to Local New Firm Performance , Stephen Baker Braun (Dissertation)

Multi-Stakeholder Collaborative Learning and Action Precesses for Social Change and Sustainability : The Case of a Regional Food System Effort in the Pacific Northwest , Janet Michelle Hammer (Dissertation)

Active Recreation in Parks: Can Park Design and Facilities Promote use and physical activity? , Lynnette Renee Weigand (Dissertation)

Theses/Dissertations from 2006 2006

Examining the Effects of Transit Service on Commuting Mode Choice and residential location choice , Jaturapat Bhiromkaew (Dissertation)

Impact of Universal Health Coverage on Health in Late Life , Nathalie Huguet (Dissertation)

Oregon's Approach to Health Care Reform : an Analysis of the Role of the Business Community in the evolution of the Oregon Health Plan , Peter Chuka Olemgbe (Dissertation)

Redrawing the Color Line : a Case Study of the Alliance of Minority Chambers of Commerce in Portland, Oregon , Francisca Inez Trujillo-Dalbey (Dissertation)

Theses/Dissertations from 2005 2005

Community Benchmarks: An Analysis of Performance Measurements in Urban Planning Management , Susan Joan Daluddung (Dissertation)

Actor and Partner Effects Among Marital Dyads in Retirement Adjustment and Well-being , Julie Guenette Howard (Dissertation)

Self-help Support Groups: Choices in Participation Among Women Facing Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) , Maria A. Pfeifer (Thesis)

Evaluating Deliberative Democracy : Comparing Habermas' Discourse Ethic and Evaluations of Consensus Process in Residential Cooperatives , Katheryn Sutter (Dissertation)

Theses/Dissertations from 2003 2003

Women Adrift, Sporting Girls and the Unfortunate Poor: A Gendered History of Homelessness in Portland 1900-1929 , Leanne Claire Serbulo (Thesis)

Theses/Dissertations from 2001 2001

Special Focus Programs, Magnet Programs and Schools, and Early Childhood Education Centers: Equal Access in Portland Public School's Elementary Options , Nancy Seidule Hauth (Thesis)

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit : a Case Study of Policy Learning, Coalition Building, and Paradigm expansion , Terri Hinson Silvis (Dissertation)

Theses/Dissertations from 2000 2000

Dialectics of Control : the Origins and Evolution of Conflict in Portland's Neighborhood Association Program , Matthew Witt (Dissertation)

Theses/Dissertations from 1997 1997

Public Transportation for the Elderly: A Neighborhood-Area Fixed-Route Alternative , Richard James Burke (Thesis)

Korean-American Elders in Independent Living Arrangements , Shinok Lee (Thesis)

Reading Neighborhood Character : A Semiotic Analysis of Three Portland, Oregon Neighborhoods , Jodi Hanson Tanner (Thesis)

Urban Traffic Arterials and the Sale Price of Single Family Houses in Portland: A Hedonic Analysis of Impacts , Philip Wuest (Thesis)

Theses/Dissertations from 1996 1996

Urgent Care Center Location: an Empirical Analysis of their Locations in Relation to Demographic, Socioeconomic, and Land Use Factors: a Case Study of Portland, Oregon , Abdullah Alfaiz (Dissertation)

Hedonic Analysis of Housing Prices Near the Portland Urban Growth Boundary, 1978-1990 , Abdullah Alkadi (Dissertation)

Characteristics of Administrators' Leadership Style in Quality Child Care Centers , Katherine Ann Bobula (Dissertation)

Organizational Responses to Educational Telecommunications Policy in Three States: Oregon, Colorado, and Utah , Kathi Arlene Ketcheson (Dissertation)

Violent Youth Gangs in Portland: a Study of the City's Response , Debra Lynn Lindberg (Dissertation)

Unrelated Business Enterprise and Unfair Business Competition Issues Facing Nonprofit Organizations , Larry Glen Scruggs (Dissertation)

Government Policy and Private Organizational Forms: Analysis of Refuse Collection and Disposal in Three Metropolitan Cities , Thomas Wright (Dissertation)

Theses/Dissertations from 1995 1995

Pretrial Release in Criminal Courts: a Study of Three Oregon Counties , Melvin Earl DeGraw (Dissertation)

Physical and Environmental Features that Contribute to Satisfaction with Hospice Facilities , Arezu Movahed (Dissertation)

Behavioral and Community Impacts of the Portland Needle Exchange Program , Kathleen Joan Oliver (Dissertation)

Implementing Community Policing: a Documentation and Assessment of Organizational Change , EmmaJean Williams (Dissertation)

Theses/Dissertations from 1994 1994

Private Profit Versus Public Service: Competing Demands in Urban Transportation History and Policy, Portland, Oregon, 1872-1970 , Martha J. Bianco (Dissertation)

Decentralization of Urban Service Activities: an Empirical Study , Wonseon Kyung (Dissertation)

A Simultaneous Route-level Transit Patronage Model: Demand, Supply, and Inter-route Relationship , Zhongren Peng (Dissertation)

The Decision and Rationale Which Led to Construction on High-risk Land After the 1964 Alaska Earthquake: Analysis of Risk-based Cultural Dissociation , Sheila Ann Selkregg (Dissertation)

The Determinants of Women's Work: A Case Study from Three Urban Low-income Communities in Amman, Jordan , Taghrid Khuri Tubbeh (Dissertation)

Theses/Dissertations from 1993 1993

Comparative Analysis of Resettlement Policies in Third World Countries , Abrahim Jawad Al-Khalisi (Thesis)

Cities and Automobile Dependence: An Empirical Examination of Density and Automobile Dependence Relationship and Their Underlying Factors , Musaad Abdullah Al-Mosaind (Dissertation)

Explorations into the Characteristics, the Determinants of Production, and the Impact of Land Policies on the Informal Housing Sector in Alexandria, Egypt , Mostafa Morsi El Araby (Dissertation)

Assessing the Impact of an ESL/Bilingual Program by Means of Instrumental Variable Estimation , John Akanbi Babatunde (Thesis)

Urban Regimes and Downtown Planning in Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington, 1972-1992 , Mark Richard Bello (Dissertation)

A Study of Differences between Social/HMO and Other Medicare Beneficiaries Enrolled in Kaiser Permanente under Capitation Contracts Regarding Intermediate Care Facility Use Rates and Expenditures , Lynn Allen Boose (Dissertation)

Hidden Hills, Hidden Meanings: A Neighborhood Study , Terri Ewing (Thesis)

Urbanization in a Peripheral Capitalist State: A Guyana Case Study , Wazir Ahmad Ishmael (Dissertation)

The Theory and Practice of Community Policing: An Evaluation of the Iris Court Demonstration Project , Charles Moose (Dissertation)

Evaluation of Information Resource Management: Measuring Change in a Federal Bureaucracy , Randolph D. Perrin (Thesis)

Object Parallel Spatio-Temporal Analysis and Modeling System , David Bruce Rex (Dissertation)

An Implementation Analysis of the Water Resources Development Act of 1986 , James Joseph Rich (Dissertation)

Satisfaction with Social Support Among Recent Widows , Rachael Ann Silverman (Thesis)

Rapists and Their Parental Relationships , Yaeko Steidel (Dissertation)

Determining the Property Value Impact of Landfills , Okwuchukwu Gerald Uba (Dissertation)

Towards Comprehensive Migration Modeling: A Meta-analytic Approach , Wamukota Francis Wambalaba (Dissertation)

Theses/Dissertations from 1992 1992

Alzheimer's Disease Caregivers: The Transition from Home Care to Formal Care , Marie Theresa Duncan (Dissertation)

Residential Mobility and Revitalization in Portland Between 1970 and 1980: A Study of the Urban Structural Impacts on Neighborhood Revitalization , Sheka Gassimou Kamara (Dissertation)

Geographic Data in City Planning Departments: The Volume and Use Related to Advancements in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technology , Fawzi Saeed Kubbara (Dissertation)

The Metropolitan-Nonmetropolitan Turnaround in the Pacific States (California, Oregon, and Washington): Labor Migration Flows and Economic Deconcentration , Beverly Marie McLean (Dissertation)

Perceiving and Coping with Exclusion: The Socialization Experiences of Ethnic Minority Nursing Students , Sarah Porter-Tibbetts (Thesis)

Intergenerational Programming: A Confluence of Interests Between the Frail Elderly and Urban Youth , Doris Schindler (Dissertation)

State Industrial Policy and the Autonomy of State Leaders: Evidence from the Oregon Experience , Matthew I. Slavin (Dissertation)

Theses/Dissertations from 1991 1991

The Effect of Road Investment on Economic Development: A Case Study of the Oregon Counties , Ameer Mohammed Al-Alwan (Dissertation)

The Role of Tourism in Development: A Case Study of Turkey , Habib Alipouraghtapeh (Dissertation)

Who's in Jail?: An Examination of Irwin's Rabble Hypothesis , John Allen Backstrand (Dissertation)

The Process of Neighborhood Development: The Role of Restrictive Covenants in the Development of Residential Neighborhoods , Eric David Hart (Thesis)

A Comparison of Socio-Political Attitudes of Older Urban Women: The 1910-1924 Cohorts , Elizabeth Slack Ikehara (Dissertation)

The Relocation of North Bonneville, Washington, by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: A Policy Implementation Study , Cecil Eugene Reinke (Dissertation)

An Exploratory Analysis of Certain Characteristics of Policewomen: A Second Look , Harry Oliver White Jr. (Dissertation)

The Development and Testing of an Instrument to Measure Client Satisfaction of Child Protective Service Families , James Michael White (Dissertation)

Theses/Dissertations from 1990 1990

The Determinants of OPEC Market Share Stability , Fahed M. Al-Ajmi (Dissertation)

Exurban Commuting Patterns: A Case Study of the Portland Oregon Region , Judy Seppanen Davis (Dissertation)

The Relationship Between School Integration and Student Attitude Toward Residential Racial Integration , David Allen Johnson (Dissertation)

The Relationship Between a Private Voluntary Organization and the Government of a Developing Country in the Delivery of Public Education: A Case Study in Rural Guatemala , Timothy John Peterson (Dissertation)

Employment Decline in the Douglas-fir Region's Lumber and Plywood Industries: An Analysis of Structural and Cyclical Factors , Majid Rasoolzadeh (Dissertation)

Theses/Dissertations from 1989 1989

Self-Concept Competency of National Aeronautics and Space Administration Research and Development Managers , Mark A. Beymer (Dissertation)

Urban Service Delivery System and Federal Government Bureaucracy: A Structural Analysis of Spatial Distribution of Water Supply in a Suburban Community of Metropolitan Lagos , Michael Udochukwu Mbanaso (Dissertation)

Commercial Activities and the Geography of Movement in a West African Urban Market: A Study of Market-Stall Traders in Onitsha with Implications for Transport Policy , Krys Chukwuma Ochia (Dissertation)

The Formation and Expansion of High Technology Firms in Metropolitan Areas , Oliver Ikeotuonye Orjiako (Dissertation)

The Longterm Psychosocial Impacts of Caregiving on the Caregivers of Persons with Stroke , Alice Updike Scannell (Dissertation)

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Nepal is undergoing the transformation. In due course, the rural areas in Nepal are under the process of transformation into urban areas. As a matter of fact, in new Constitution of Nepal 2072, the local government are classified as the Municipal and Rural Municipal areas. Whereas, the municipal areas are defined as the de facto urban areas in National Urban Development Strategy. But by the living experiences and observations, most of the areas covered in the Municipality area has the rural character. As a result of which, two different perception of the Municipal area is generated among the people who live in the municipality and the government side who has declared the Municipality. The observations and living experiences in the municipality area clearly shows the predominant rural character. Whereas, the government strategy defines the area as de facto urban area, simply because of declaration as municipality. Hence, the certain strain, friction and conflict in rural to urban transformation is expected to occur. Since, the duality of the Municipal area as Rural area and Urban area at once is observed from the Urban Planning perspective. Which certainly restricts the pace of urbanization on implementation of rules and regulations as per the urban area in the rural area and vice versa. As to provide the smooth and rapid urbanization as aspired by the government, certain rural-urban transition management tool and technique is necessary. This research tries to find out urban planning tools by which the transition of rural urban transformation can be managed. The research tries to find out the existing reality of the Patan Municipality as predominant rural and partly urban area. The municipality as a whole is in the transition of rural urban transformation. The present reality of the municipality is predominant rural which is trying to transform as urban area. But, the entire municipal area as a whole is not possible to develop as urban area because of its geography. The development perspective needed in the core urban area and peripheral rural area is different. The management of development in the present transitional stage of the municipal area as the urban area from rural area need to follow the urban planning guidance as management tool. The core urban area need to develop as the sub city of which the peripheral area shall be developed as the urban expansion area, the rest of the area outside of the urban expansion need to be developed as conservation area. The peripheral market areas in each previous wards need to develop as the market center as population defined by urban planning norms and standards of Government of Nepal. With the urban planning approach, the central urban area becomes developed as a sub city. The peripheral of which then develop as the urban expansion area and the outer as the conservation area including agriculture, rivers, forests and its hills on the periphery. The market centres follows the similar pattern of development as that of central sub city from market centre at core, market centre expansion area on periphery and the conservation area at outermost. Hence, the entire municipality gets connected in the urban system as a whole where each market centre gets connected to the urban centre which is the sub city by strong road network.

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The participation enabled researcher to understand the actual context in the case area and contributed in knowledge sharing. The period of field work ended in the month of June 2010. Next important period of research was period of data analysis, findings and conclusion. It started in the month of July 2010 and ended in August 2011. During this period, researcher did two credited course in University of Alberta, Canada on Community based resource management and Risk and vulnerability. The data analysis phase has contributed to establish new knowledge as conclusion. According to the data analysis, research identified the existence of several active community based organizations are active in selected communities for community development. They have developed a mechanism of fund raising and collection of such resources for their activities. The household questionnaire survey in Patan revealed that all selected toles are highly vulnerable in physical terms and are moderately vulnerable in social and cultural terms. Hence, along with physical vulnerability reduction, it is needed to increase the adaptive capacities of local communities. The data analysis also revealed that the historic trend of community participation for common good is still active and moderately high in traditional settlements of Kathmandu valley. It also explored that communities in such settlements are interested to participate in earthquake vulnerability reduction activities if such activities avail the livelihood opportunities. According to the data, communities are interested to contribute some amount of their earnings for a community pool of resources as there is an opportunity to develop such pool at community level for disaster risk reduction. The data analysis contributed to find the answer to the research question. According to the findings of research, it could be narrated that despite of existing physical, social and cultural vulnerabilities in terms of earthquake disasters, the long history of participatory physical and social development activities as the culture and tradition of communities has contributed for the evolution of present day community based initiatives. Such initiatives are actively engaged in the area of common cause, community benefits and use of common properties at local level at present. The moderately high participatory trends should be capitalized to reduce the earthquake vulnerability in the selected communities. While capitalizing participatory trend, culture, tradition and interest, the program goal should be focused on recurrent issues of community people and increase their adaptive capacities. In order to increase the adaptive capacity, resilience governance should be established. In order to establish and operate in a perpetual manner, resources and funds are required at local level. The concept of ‘community basket’ would be appropriate in fostering the existing consumers’ cooperative or developing a new one at the local level to work in earthquake vulnerability reduction in particular and in the area of Disaster Risk Management in general. At the end of fourth year of studies, in April 2012, the researcher submitted the preliminary draft copy of dissertation and findings and did a departmental presentation to Departmental Research Committee of Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, TU. Researcher also revisited the case study area of Patan, interviewed the youths involved in the research earlier, and reviewed and revisited the existing knowledge in community based disaster management and in research methods. According to the reviews and revisits, the findings and answers to the research questions were validated. 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Risks have an important influence in housing, apartment, and real estate project in conceptualizing or pre-planning, planning and implementation of cost, time, and quality. In Kathmandu valley only, 20000 housings and apartment units built every year. As the housing and apartment project's complexity is naturally increased, an ability to manage risks throughout the construction process has become a central element to prevent unwanted consequences. I adopted mixed method with pragmatist philosophical worldview, which covers ontological, epistemological, and methodological assumptions. Data were collected through in-depth interview as well as the quantitative survey and questionnaire. The quantitative study involved forty housings, apartment, and real estate construction projects running in Nepal and comprised a questionnaire survey and a series of interviews with them. The research participants included contractors and consultants involved in these construction projects. Data collection techniques included qualitative survey and in-depth interview with taken with six respondents representing authority chief from each authority and one director of reputed developers company. In addition focus group discussions were conducted two times. No developers were carrying out the systematic risk management during pre-planning or planning phase. If they followed then it occurred only during implementation phase. The risk factors were external as well as internal. There were different risk factors in the projects mainly legal problem, policy framework related problems, political problems, financial problems, economic related problems, technical problems, maintaining qualities problems, human resource problems, social problems, cultural problems and organizational or institutional problems. How risks are accepted, rejected, sheared or reduced between the project stakeholders is largely governed by the project management option and the content of the related contract documents. The overall aim of this research was to explore, analyze, and mitigate the understanding of risk management in the housings, apartments, and real estate projects. Deeper understanding by means of detailed study in pre-planning and planning phase is expected to enhance more effective risk management and, therefore, a better productivity and better quality to be achieved, which creates the satisfactions to builder and buyer of the housing and apartments. Keywords: Risk explores, Risk analysis, Risk ranking, Risk response, Housing & Apartment projects, project pre-planning, Project Planning and Project implementation

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Introduction, urban planning.

Cities and tourist movement have both historical and dynamic relationship. Urban places often act as major attractions and serve as gateways to or staging areas for tourism. Tourism is at the heart of many cities’ development projects. Tourism is a major driving force in the development and stimulator of a new urbanity in metropolises and cities.

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Cities are growing at a remarkable rate and will continue to expand more. Planning urbanization in advance in conjunction with urban finance for implementation will help cities avoid unplanned and informal growth. When investment in cities is guided by good planning principles, it unlocks the potential for growth making sustainable development attainable.

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Informal sector.

Cities with rapid urbanization usually face a problem with the informal sector. Businesses that the informal sector comprises of generally operate on the streets and public places and are often seen as eye-sores. So, conflicts arise between urban authorities who try to keep their cities clean and the urban informal sector operators who need space for their activities.

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What is Urban Conservation ?

Urban conservation is the practise of keeping a city’s built environment and cultural history in good shape while also making room for new urban development. It means giving careful thought to historic buildings, public spaces, and landscapes to make sure they will last and keep their cultural value. In the past few years, the field of urban conservation has become more important as cities around the world face problems like growing populations, climate change, and social inequality. Because of this, students of architecture, urban planning, and historic preservation find it important to study how to keep cities clean.

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Students can choose from a variety of post-graduation courses in urban conservation to develop their specialisation and advance their knowledge and abilities in the field. Popular post-graduate programmes in urban conservation include the following:

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The concept of urban planning is a fundamental issue in the management of city business recognized as the central element of growth in any region worldwide. In many instances, city planning involves the management of different amenities that suits the needs of a population that inhabits a city. However, there are fundamental challenges that face cities in different parts of the world particularly due to cultural and geographical disparities. The city planning departments must therefore consider special factors that promotes or undermine the growth of a city and sustainability of excellence their planning process. Subsequently, this analysis promotes the development of effective city population management processes. City management is an important concept across different jurisdictions. However, different approaches are taken while integrating city development among them adoption of critical urban designs that enhances ways of life. This study conducts a comprehensive analysis through case study approach to determine the principle considerations that would facilitate effective adoption of Main Street designs in Kpone City of Ghana.

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In particular, traffic management in the city is one of the biggest challenges facing city building and designs departments globally. In essence, traffic entails challenges that are presumed to detour progressive development of a city due to inconveniences that it creates. Many planners globally have sought mechanisms that would contain the problem of traffic through city road designs among other approaches. The drawing of city roads invokes development of new architectural designs that considers the social, cultural and physical environment through which the city development framework is grounded. This scenario is not an exemption to Kpone city of Ghana where traffic management is a significant issue to enhance effective transportation throughout the city and its environment. In essence, the city development framework is particularly defined by its proximity to the capital city, Accra. The development of robust traffic management prospects act as one of the main pathway to the realization of a serene city that does not only increase convenience to the residents but also attracts tourists from local and foreign sources. The serenity of a city is a crucial element of consideration in the development of an effective business environment.

In addition, urban designs focus on the management of the population which has a direct impact on the management of the available city resources. Many aspects leverage city population globally. For instance, majority of the African states have poor resource distribution as well as the disparity in supply of crucial products and services such as water, security and recreation services. In this regard, this scenario has a pumping effect where individuals from upcountry have a continuous migration from rural to urban settings. This process creates a progressive increase in city population which results into shifting targets on the essentials that a population seeks to achieve in the long-run. The basic interests of a city are fundamental considerations while designing various project locations of a city. As an African set city, Kpone is also faced with this challenge. The city planners are challenged with ever-changing population that often piles pressure on the existing facilities besides overstretching both resources and the social amenities available in the city.

Urban design must consider not only the current population of a city but also form a future projection of the real scenario of the city in future. Population dynamics has both benefits and short-comings. These entail considerations of the city population both currently and in the long-run. The determination of this projected population review provides a platform for generating critical data that informs best choice of a city design that would enhance the capacity of city amenities in meeting population demands currently and in future. However, in order to enhance city planning process, it is important to focus on some of the elements that determine short-term and long-term demands of the population which are largely shaped by native cultures as well as the dynamics culminating from the metropolis nature of a city.

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In many instances, city life is characterized with different cultures related by vicinity as well as shared amenities such as water supply and health services. However, many of the urban dwellers comprising of conservative lifestyles, the interactions between different individuals is highly defaced and subject to poor terms both in the short-run and in the long-run. This situation calls for the development of cohesive mentality not only among the city leadership but also based on the city dwellers in a given populace.

Due to a series of factors that influence city life, urban designs play a significant role in promoting decency among city dwellers. High quality urban designs are very important in developing a great city. Ranging from large scale plan to the smallest building and site designs, urban designers always strive at each level of development to establish beautiful, safe, inclusive and vibrant cities for the population it serves. In some instances, the population may dictate the ideal objects for inclusion in the city designing profile. These subject matters that the residents could contribute in include some important historical artifacts that are crucial to the city and the country at large. For instance, the principle underlying the Public Art Program in Toronto is its presentation of public benefit for the enjoyment of the population and visitors across the city.

Kpone as an emerging center of growth and a crucial area of development share various aspects in common with the capital city of Ghana, Accra which is one of the fastest growing cities across Africa. With these advances while holding resource factors constant, the adoption of Main Street design in Kpone is deemed to spearheads robust growth based on orderly development in the city. Besides, this process may also ignite attraction of prospective investors which engage higher levels of attractive growth both currently and in the long-run. City planning also involves private and public arts that make buildings and other open spaces highly attractive and more interesting to the population in order to enhance quality of public realms. However, planning shapes the development of such art works besides manipulating their qualities with regard to visibility and accessibility to the public in the city vicinity. Similarly, city planning and designing also seek to determine the contributions of the public art on the public lands of the city.

Urban Design Concepts

Another crucial advance in city planning and development process is the adoption of ‘Main Street’ Planning mechanism. While this choice could be quite ideal in many developed countries, it may pose significant challenges in the African or developing countries based cities due to challenges of resource allocation formulae, space notwithstanding. Some of the elements that constitute benefits of a Main Street development in cities is the development of attractive and efficient downtown cities. Besides, these plans constitute policies that are central to the facilitation of development of properties along extensions of light rails to mixed-use and trans-oriented pattern of development. Subsequently, this process would effectively result into achievement of high energy efficiency and enhanced sustainability of the city amenities such as street lights and water lines courtesy of esteemed designs.

Besides, Main Street Plan is also associated with consolidating the needs of the city population and the adjacent population including health, welfare and safety. These benefits in particular are geared towards enhancing the social status of neighborhood that is critical in promoting sustainable development of the city through minimal disturbances. Besides, it creates a platform for enhancing social lifestyles beyond the current level and achieves a transition into new development. This fosters the realization of good neighborhood in future. Other benefits may also entail the identification of capital improvement demands within the area of focus in order to provide the requisite infrastructure to achieve the set out development plans. New cities have been the center of focus in recent decade as a fundamental pillar of future Africa’s urban development. However, the basic framework of these developments is based on the viability and the perceived benefits of the adopted plans in enhancing city lifestyle for both natives and visitors.

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