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Assigning infrastructure development targets to city management authorities. Cities should fight for investment
Pick a list of developed cities across the globe and then list the problems the citizens of these cities are facing. You will not be surprised to find traffic and pollution on top of the list. A behavioral scientist will further add problems like, high levels of frustration, loss of productivity & etc. to the list. An economist will be more than happy to assign dollar figures to pollution, loss of productivity & etc.
Now, let's request social scientists to contribute their opinion on problems we listed above. And words like social imbalance, disparate growth within the city and country will make their way to the discussion. So, the question is what can be done to solve the problems associated with urban crowding and restore social balance.
We understand that people move to more developed cities because their hometown offers limited employment/business opportunities. And because more people re-locate to bigger cities, it exerts pressure on city infrastructure.
Most of the city authorities invest in new infrastructure to match the increased demand and I propose to reverse the trend. We should inverse this development model and ask city management to develop capacity in infrastructure before allowing any new apartment complexes or corporate office spaces to be built in a city. This model will put small cities with better infrastructure at advantage to attract businesses to set their offices there. New offices/business set up will offer employment opportunities in smaller cities. This model will lead to inclusive growth while restoring social balance.