Anglo-Saxon Cities on the Pacific Rim

  • Lionel Frost


Los Angeles is the sole example of an Anglo-Saxon city on the Pacific Rim which has grown into a true megalopolis with national and international economic and cultural significance.1 Modern Los Angeles’ planners and policymakers grapple with deep problems: a vast sprawl which makes the cost-effective provision of infrastructure difficult; and increasing car usage with associated ills of congestion, pollution and the tie-up of land for roads and parking lots. Such problems demand attention not only in fast-growing developed world cities such as Houston, Phoenix, and Perth, but also in low-density Third World cities like Mexico City and Lima. In cities such as Manila and Jakarta the stretching of the physical fabric over large areas is inimical to improvement in the quality of housing and sanitation. In a sprawling city there are diseconomies of scale: the building of a safe and efficient physical fabric becomes more difficult, and environmental problems are magnified. At a time when giant cities in the Third World are growing at great speed (the United Nations predicts that by the end of the 1990s there will be a total of twenty-two megacities of over 10 million inhabitants, with only three of them outside Asia, Latin America, and Africa)2 it has become an urgent matter to understand the causes and consequences of low-density urban sprawl.


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