Giving the Urban Poor Access to City Centers

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Even in the midst of Mumbai’s rapid expansion, poorer residents still continue to work closer to home than their wealthier counterparts, calling into question the importance of connectivity to the traditional economic center of the city. For instance, 80 percent of Dharavi’s residents live and work in the slum itself, with walking as the main mode of transport, despite the fact that both of Mumbai’s rail lines pass through the settlement. The Walking Project aims to turn Mumbai into the most walkable city in India over the next decade, arguing that simple improvements to pedestrian infrastructure can improve Mumbai’s transportation situation more than a focus on large-scale car-centric projects.

via Josephine d’Allant.

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