Sunday, June 8, 2008

Reclaiming human diginity from urban sprawls

Any resident of New Delhi for the past few years, is also a mute spectator to its changing urban land scape. The most noticable change is the number of fly-overs that have come up in these years. Such changes are often uncritically hailed in the media as symbols of progress. However, such infrastructure is often planned without little consideration for the pedestrians. When the Daula Kuan fly over was inaugurated, initially, there was no facility for pedestrians to move across these roads. This need for keeping the common man as central to development is highlighted in this interview of Enrique Penalosa, the Mayor of Bogota, who begins by saying..

"In developing-world cities, the majority of people don’t have cars, so I
will say, when you construct a good sidewalk, you are constructing
democracy. A sidewalk is a symbol of equality."
Good food for thought!!