At the World Urban Forum in Naples…both global urban policy and quantitative research efforts converged on a single conclusion: that the spatial planning of massive new urban expansion areas surrounding their cities is one of the most important things any government can do to make urbanisation sustainable.
‘If expansion is not planned, well, it’s going to happen anyway. And if it’s not planned, then it’s unplanned and the standard mode of unplanned expansion throughout human history is the slum.’
– Kerwin Datu, The four keys to urban expansion identified at the World Urban Forum, The Global Urbanist
This is true for Baguio City. Growth has spilled over to the peripheries, unplanned, and because of that, blight. It’s like cancer, as it slowly but surely eats up and disfigures the space and mountainsides. It’s frightening. And it also makes one angry, that it’s allowed to continue this way. Where did the concept of indigenous peoples taking care of their land go? At the core of this problem is the continuing unwillingness of incumbent principal leaders to decide how to move the METRO BLISTT Strategy and Plan forward. When local leaders fail to set aside tribal and political divisions and unite for the common good, which only involves just five other towns sharing boundaries, it would be even more difficult for them to convince locals, let alone come to agreement with a greater number of leaders, in the whole Region to back up their proposed regional autonomy.