In his discussion, Thomas B. Deen reviews the four papers submitted at a session on Transportation and Urban Land Policy in Developing Countries. He feels that each of the papers approaches the problem from an entirely different perspective: one on basic travel demand characteristics; another with a rather comprehensive land use transportation model that almost makes an effort at embracing the entire urban system; the third paper addresses the physical planning and design of a new town; while the fourth addresses the urban issue as fundamentally one of income re-distribution and ways to carry it out. He recommends the paper by Byrne, Tadross, and Grava, particularly the discussion of the background of the several new towns that have been built in the last two decades. It is the author's opinion that the Zahavi paper has a unique and innovative method of data analyses, but its conclusion that the population in a compact city requires more motorized mobility than in a dispersed city is not supported by the data. Deen views the Horten and Echenique paper as a well written straight foreward description of the background, development, and application of a very comprehensive macro urban model system developed in a remarkably short time; although, he feels it would be even more impressive if additional examples were given on how well the model was able to perform. Deen's major criticism of the fourth paper is that the author, Courtney, states that the urban problem is a poverty problem; while although it is definitely one of the major ones, the emphasis from the other papers suggests that there are some other aspects of the problem as well.

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  • Accession Number: 00193392
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: May 26 1981 12:00AM