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Monday, January 12, 2009

The short-cut approach

This is from the article, Cities of the future, by Stefanos Evripidou in Cyprus Mail.

Malaysian urban planning expert, Dr Goh Ban Lee highlighted two approaches to urban management. One is the building of integrity and social responsibility so you don't need CCTV cameras everywhere or even road bumps. “Like in Germany and Japan, though that took up to 200 years to achieve,” he said.

Or the short-cut approach: massive state intervention. Lee referred to Singapore, using the example of the American youth who was punished with painful lashes by the authorities after falling foul of the country's strict vandalism laws.

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