Patterns of Global Urban Expansion: Implications for the Future

Date Published 1/27/2011
Theme Housing Finance and the Economy

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy’s most recent policy focus report, Making Room for a Planet of Cities, by Shlomo Angel and his colleagues, demonstrates how urban densities have been declining in cities around the world, in some cases for a century or more.

Drawing from statistical evidence gathered from global satellite imagery and new technologies for processing digital maps, the data sets presented in this report contradict earlier claims that cities in developing countries were gradually undergoing escalated overcrowding and density. This path-breaking study shows the importance of the study of land and housing markets and policies. It is a critical reminder to address the lack of housing finance for multifamily housing in many developing countries to facilitate higher densities.

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