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Complex Infrastructure Projects by Anthony Holmes

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Chapter 8: The Need for Further Investment to Make Economic Infrastructure Work

Rome wasn’t built in a day. And neither was New York, London, Singapore, Paris, Beijing, etc., etc. But Dubai, numerous new cities in China, Dawei in Thailand, Songdo in South Korea and Doha in Qatar are attempting to prove this adage wrong.

The conventional wisdom is that cities emerge over many generations in a symbiotic relationship with the economies that sustain them. The concept that an economy, even a city-centred micro-economy, can be created by building a city as its anchor is not proved. That an economic windfall will cause large modern cities to materialise naturally and spontaneously has no greater validity, as illustrated by the Gulf States where ...

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