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Urban Land Development Model

Batbileg, Chinzorig (2010) Urban Land Development Model.

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Abstract:There is dilemma related to the issues around the potential of the property rights. One opinion is that the legalization of properties that exist in extralegal environment, accompanied with smooth and proper registration systems, will benefit greatly the owners of these extralegal properties and help them to improve their livelihood. The other opinion is that legalization and registration does not make much difference in improving the livelihood of the concerned poor people. Despite these debates, there is no concrete answer to a question if the security of tenure and formal property rights are not enough for improvement of the livelihood of the poor people, then what is enough? In search of an answer to this question a hypothesis is formulated. It advocates a thought that formal and registered land tenure will make a little difference in the livelihood of the poorer people, if there is no public investment made in the basic infrastructure and services, except the improvements of the private houses. It means, that in addition to formal land tenure and registration, there must be public investment to improve the livelihood of the poor. The essence of the proposition is that an adequate neighborhood is the function of the public and private investment. In addition to this basic proposition, a more contextual and framework suggestions are made. These are i) investments have multiplier effect and ii) the whole process of creating urban area, in this case urban neighborhood, is the process of generating capital. The hypothesis and the concepts are integrated and put in a model, Urban land development model (ULDM). This study tests the ULDM with empirical evidences from case studies, specifically the hypothesis that adequate neighborhood is the function of private and public investment and evaluates the validity of the ULDM as a land development model. As the results of the study, the empirical evidences confirm the hypothesis that adequate neighborhood is the function of private and public investment, and the evaluation of ULDM asserts that the model is valid, as long as the model accurately and appropriately addresses and serves its purpose. Although the study fulfilled its objectives, the results and discussions have identified more issues that need to be addressed and generated more ideas for potential future studies that will support further empirical validation and theoretical strengthening of ULDM.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:ITC: Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation
Programme:Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation MSc (75014)
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