Mega Urban Regions of Southeast Asia
A distinguishing feature of recent urbanization in the ASEAN countries of Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Indonesia is the outward extension of their mega-cities (Bangkok, Jakarta, Manila, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur) beyond the metropolitan borders, resulting in the establishment of new towns, industrial estates, and housing projects in previously rural areas. This process has both positive and negative effects. On one side, household incomes and employment opportunities are increasing, but on the other, the growth often causes serious problems in terms of environmental deterioration, conflicting land uses, and inadequate housing and service provisions.
Mega Urban Regions of Southeast Asia is the first comprehensive work on the subject of ASEAN mega-urban regions. The contributors review T.G. McGee's original idea of desakota zones, and offer arguments both for and against this concept, making a significant contribution to our understanding of the true face of ASEAN cities. The book brings together authors from around the world and will be of interest to a wide audience, including demographers, urban planners, geographers, sociologists, economists, civil servants and development consultants.
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... Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Indonesia — member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) — are undergoing radical transformation as they experience rapid economic growth and industrialization.
Mega-metropolitan development, fuelled by rapid economic growth and the availability of different transportation technologies, is producing both positive and negative results. On the positive side, there is evidence that household ...
... workers employed in the factories situated along the so-called northern corridor, located in one of the five 'outlying' provinces undergoing rapid urban development and industrialization within the Bangkok Metropolitan Region.
The region benefited from the opening up of the world trading system, from a less-regulated global financial environment, and particularly from the growth in Southeast Asian demand, as the nine ASEAN countries exhibited rapid growth and ...
Growth of income had been accompanied by high levels of domestic savings, fostered at least in part by government fiscal measures, and these provided the basis for a rapid increase in ownership of cars, houses, and other durable ...