Modern cities are a far cry from their counterparts in the old days. This is thanks, in part, to the work of landscape architects, engineers, and other professionals. The efforts of these men and women are evident in today’s cities, which are more soothing to the eye, as they are easier to navigate – in many cases, anyway. Barring certain inconveniences and minor issues, there is much to admire. But what does the future hold?
There are specific issues which today’s urban planners must face, full-on. Traffic jams are a daily occurrence in all but minor urban collectives. Environmental concerns also heighten, as time goes by. These problems present a major challenge for urban planners and city governments. How they tackle such setbacks involve, in great part, a strong thrust towards building and maintaining a larger number of green spaces. Solving traffic jams, on the other hand, is partly reliant on things such as ride-sharing schemes.
Perhaps all efforts should involve making cities more nature-oriented, with an emphasis on pedestrian- and commuter-friendly configurations. It’s no secret that city dwellers tend to be more stressed compared to their suburban and rural peers. Many experts attribute this to the lack of green space in which people can unwind the way they’re naturally supposed to.
Growth pains and gains
Rapid urbanization presents its own set of challenges to city planners. A spike in population density can lead to problems such as inadequate infrastructure, a lack of cost-effective, affordable housing, and insufficient public amenities, among other things. Urban planners must thoughtfully plan out their course of action while striking a balance between fast and precise decision making and well laid-out programs. Important factors, such as social equity and environmental considerations, also come into play and must be carefully considered in the overall scheme of things. With this balance in mind, it is possible to come up with plans to benefit the communities and counteract the potential ill-effects of unchecked urbanization.
Planners also need to bear in mind that each urban area has its own unique and distinct culture, setting, and character and these all factor into the equation, as far as future developments go.
There are a lot of things to look forward to for urban planning. What’s left now is to look forward to the developments coming in this lifetime.