Title The Hidden Wealth of Cities
Subtitle Creating, Financing, and Managing Public Spaces
Author Jon Kher Kaw, Hyunji Lee, Sameh Wahba
ISBN 9781464814495
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 452
Book size 178 x 254 mm
Publishing year 2020
Original publisher The World Bank
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In every city, the urban spaces that form the public realm—ranging from city streets, neighborhood squares, and parks to public facilities such as libraries and markets—account for about one-third of the city’s total land area, on average. Despite this significance, the potential for these public-space assets—typically owned and managed by local governments—to transform urban life and city functioning is often overlooked for many reasons: other pressing city priorities arising from rapid urbanization, poor urban planning, and financial constraints.

The resulting degradation of public spaces into congested, vehicle-centric, and polluted places often becomes a liability, creating a downward spiral that leads to a continuous drain on public resources and exacerbating various city problems. In contrast, the cities that invest in the creation of human-centered, environmentally sustainable, economically vibrant, and socially inclusive places—in partnership with government entities, communities, and other private stakeholders—perform better. They implement smart and sustainable strategies across their public space asset life cycles to yield returns on investment far exceeding monetary costs, ultimately enhancing city livability, resilience, and competitiveness.

The Hidden Wealth of Cities: Creating, Financing, and Managing Public Spaces discusses the complexities that surround the creation and management of successful public spaces and draws on the analyses and experiences from city case studies from around the globe. This book identifies—through the lens of asset management—a rich palette of creative and innovative strategies that every city can undertake to plan, finance, and manage both government-owned and privately owned public spaces.




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Overview • Urbanization and the Need for Space • Functional Cities, Vibrant Places • Public Spaces: Liabilities or Assets? • Attributes of Successful Public Spaces: A Framework • Actors and Stakeholders • Planning Process and Data • Strategy and Approach • Financing and Funding • Management and Governance • Strategies for Unlocking the Value of Public-Space Assets • Notes • References


Part I: Planning, Funding, and Managing Public Spaces: An Asset Management Framework

Chapter 1. The Importance of Investing in Public Spaces Introduction • The Global Agenda for Public Spaces • Emerging Issues and Challenges for Cities • The Evolving Role of Public Spaces in Cities • Notes • References

Chapter 2. Defining Public Spaces Framing Public Spaces and “Publicness”: Owners, Managers, and Users • Physical Public-Space Assets: Streets, Open and Green Areas, and Public Facilities • Notes • References

Chapter 3. An Asset Management Approach to Planning, Funding, and Managing Public Spaces Introduction • A Framework for Placing Public Spaces within an Asset Management Context • Applying the Asset Management Framework to Publicly Owned Public Spaces • Applying the Asset Management Plan to Privately Owned Public Spaces (POPS) • Conclusions: What Can Be Learned? • Notes • References


Part II: Shaping the Public Realm: Data and Spatial Analytics

Chapter 4. Evidence-based Planning and Design Public Spaces as Citywide Networks • Innovations in Measuring the Public Realm • Comparative Analysis and Case Studies • Key Takeaways • Notes • References

Chapter 5. Analyzing Spatial Patterns of Public Spaces in Cities through Remote Sensing Overview • Spatial Assessment • Case Studies: Dhaka, Karachi, and Lima • Notes • References

Chapter 6. Assessing the Quality and Use of Public Spaces Overview • Public-Space Inventory • Public-Space Performance • Case Studies: Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Wuhan, and Bamenda • Notes • References

Chapter 7. Mapping User Activity Using Social Media and Big Data Overview • Case Studies: Tbilisi, Wuhan, and Beijing • References


Part III: Sustaining the Public-Space Life Cycle: Lessons from Cities

Chapter 8. Framing the Public-Space Case Studies Overview • Phase 1: Context • Phase 2: Planning and Design • Phase 3: Implementation • Phase 4: Management • Phase 5: Impact Evaluation • Conclusion: Lessons from Case Studies • Notes • References

Chapter 9. Beijing, China: Regenerating Traditional Public Spaces in the Historic City Core Key Takeaways • City Dynamics • Dashilar Regeneration Model and Yangmeizhu Lane • Dashilar Pocket Spaces • Notes • References

Chapter 10. Colombo, Sri Lanka: Enhancing Urban Resilience and Livability by Leveraging Natural and Ecological Assets Key Takeaways • City Dynamics • Beddagana Wetland Park • Crow Island Beach Park • Notes • References

Chapter 11. Karachi, Pakistan: Reclaiming Safe and Inclusive Urban Spaces through Citizen Mobilization Key Takeaways • City Dynamics • Eduljee Dinshaw Road • Pakistan Chowk Initiative • I AM KARACHI Movement • Notes • References

Chapter 12. Lima, Peru: Transforming Fragmented Areas into Inclusive Public Spaces through Local Governance Key Takeaways • City Dynamics • Plaza 31 • Las Begonias • Parque Ecológico • Notes • References

Chapter 13. Brooklyn, New York: Creating an Innovation District through Placemaking, and Public and Private Investments Key Takeaways • City Dynamics • Public Spaces of Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass (DUMBO) • Brooklyn Cultural District • Notes • References

Chapter 14. Seoul, Republic of Korea: Rejuvenating Neighborhoods by Creatively Repurposing Urban Infrastructure and Buildings Key Takeaways • City Dynamics • Gyeongui Line Forest Park • Gusandong Library Village • Yonsei-Ro • Notes • References

Chapter 15. Singapore: Enhancing Urban Health and Vibrancy by Leveraging Streets, Park Connectors, and Marketplaces Key Takeaways • City Dynamics • Orchard Road • Park Connector Network • Hawker Centers • Notes • References

Chapter 16. Tbilisi, Georgia: Preserving Historic Public Spaces in a Rapidly Changing City Key Takeaways • City Dynamics • New Tiflis • Vake Park • Notes • References

Appendices • Appendix A. Definitions of Spatial Terms • Appendix B. Metadata for EO4SD-Urban Public Space Assessment • Appendix C. Metadata for UN-Habitat’s Public-Space Measurement






About the Editors:

Jon Kher Kaw is a senior urban development specialist with the World Bank’s Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience and Land Global Practice. He also heads the Urbanscapes Community of Practice on urban planning, technology, and city innovation. Since 2013, he has led numerous city engagements, investment operations, and advisory and analytical work in the South Asia, Middle East and North Africa regions. He coauthored the city strategy report, “Transforming Karachi into a Livable and Competitive Megacity” (2018) and was the lead author for the spatial planning and connectivity chapter in the regional flagship publication, Leveraging Urbanization in South Asia (2016). Prior to joining the World Bank, he held various key positions at the Urban Redevelopment Authority, the national planning agency of Singapore, where he oversaw technical and policy work on urban planning and design, property and land markets, and urban resilience. He also undertook academic research and private sector work in Singapore and London. He holds a master’s degree with a specialization in urbanization and real estate from Harvard University, and a master’s degree in architecture from Columbia University. He received his bachelor’s degree from the National University of Singapore.

Hyunji Lee is an urban specialist consultant at the World Bank based in Washington, DC, where she consults for various lending projects in Bangladesh and Nepal. She also leads global analytical work on urban development and public space management as part of the Urbanscapes Community of Practice. Before joining the World Bank, she worked at the United Nations in New York to convene international high-level forums, researched sustainable development topics, and contributed to the New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators. At the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, she contributed to policy reports on national urban policies and urban green growth strategies, as well as to the OECD regional indicator development. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and a master’s degree in civil engineering and urban planning from Seoul National University, with field planning experience in China, the Republic of Korea, and Vietnam.

Sameh Wahba is the global director for the World Bank’s Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience and Land Global Practice, in Washington, DC. This Global Practice—which also covers territorial development, geospatial, and results-based financing issues—has a portfolio of close to US$30 billion in commitments in investment projects, Program-for-Results financing, and development policy lending and employs about 450 staff members. He has more than 25 years of experience in urban planning, housing, land and slum upgrading, local economic development, municipal service delivery, and post-disaster resilient recovery. He has held numerous senior management and leadership positions at the World Bank, working extensively in the Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Middle East and North Africa regions. He coauthored the World Bank’s flagship publication, Regenerating Urban Land: A Practitioner’s Guide to Leveraging Private Investment (2016), as well as the “Culture in City Reconstruction and Recovery” (2018) position paper published jointly with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Before joining the World Bank in 2004, he worked at the Institute of Housing and Urban Development Studies in Rotterdam and at the Harvard Center for Urban Development Studies. He holds doctoral and master’s degrees in urban planning from Harvard University.

Target Audience:

This book is for the people interested in urbanization, urban planning, asset management and city transformation.

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