How do we compare cities? What can we learn through comparative urbanism?
It is a truism that cities are unique – Amman is not Tokyo, and New Delhi is not Brasilia.
It is also a truism that cities have much in common – all cities face social inequality, all cities manage infrastructure (buses, water, electricity, waste management), all cities are adapting to the ecological transition, all cities have political and policy legacies that can constrain change, all cities have changing relationships with other levels of government, and all cities share learnings with each other (through regional governance, institutional networks of cities, fact- finding missions and more).
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