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Utility players: Why we need more coordination in planning for utilities

Words: James Harris

Utilities are the ‘circulatory system’ of our towns and cities but their planning, funding, installation and maintenance are an uncoordinated mess, says James Harris. What can planners do?

In urban planning, discussions on infrastructure often focus on transport, and for good reason. Transport networks form the skeleton of our towns and cities, with roads and railways providing a framework for growth. Decisions made in this sector directly shape the pattern and form of the built environment, giving us the car-dependent sprawl of Phoenix in the US, the pedestrian-friendly........
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