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Mumbai Textile Mills Land-High Cost of Inaction

High Cost of Inaction J B D'Souza The continuing indecision about the land belonging to the textile mills in Mumbai has hurt the dry, poor and rich alike. In a city starved of land for housing, commerce and recreation, the bringing of 300 to 400 acres of centrally-located land on the market cannot but have a desirable impact, particularly if a large chunk of the new land were to be earmarked for low income housing at high density.

Will Bombay Have a Plan-Irrelevance of Planners and Their Plans

Irrelevance of Planners and Their Plans J B D'Souza Is Bombay's second Development Plan needed? Is it relevant to Bombay's needs? Would the city be better off with no Development Plan, but only a set of building rules? Does it make sense to adopt a plan for a period of which half has already elapsed?

The Real City-Savers

J B D'Souza Were informal sector activity suddenly to cease at the behest of some bumbling 'city-saver', one can be sure that our urban economies would collapse into recession and anarchy.

Obsolescence in Bombay s Housing Stock

Obsolescence in Bombay's Housing Stock J B D'Souza THIS paper is a brief account of the obsolescence of the housing stock in Bombay and a description of the efforts made in the last decade or so to arrest it. A rough evaluation of those efforts will be attempted, with a view to their repetition elsewhere.

Misty Habitat

documents. The Nagi Reddy documents tell a different story (which we shall not discuss here for want of space) and no historical account which ignores them can be impartial.

Poverty of Urban Planning

The Indian City: Poverty, Ecology and Urban Development ed Alfred de Souza; Manohar Publications, 1978; pp xxxi + 243, Rs 55. THIS small book contains eleven penetrating studies of the Indian urban scene in its most striking aspect; pervasive povetry. Recent years have brought mounting concern over the declining quality of life, the hazards of industrial pollution, the transportation problem and the chaotic traffic conditions, as well as the law and order situation in our cities, and much has been written on one or the other of these undoubtedly grave issues. But till I got 'The Indian City" I had yet to see a book that deals so sensibly with the central problem which generates most others in our cities, the problems of the poor, and the gross inefficiencies and inequities that characterise urbanisation.

Searching for an Urban Policy

Searching for an Urban Policy J B D'Souza IN" recent years our concern for the environmental quality of our towns and cities has grown quite considerably. This has happened because of the visual evidence before us, and particularly the relentless encroachment of unsightly slums into domains that the upper and upper-middle classes had preserved, and regarded as sacrosanct. In earlier de cades too our cities had extensive slum areas, where conditions were dismal, but because more space was available, the poor stayed out of sight of the ruling classes. The enormous recent migration from the villages has put an end to this invisibility, and has, fortunately, given rise to some anxiety.
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