10 June 2007

Will SURP be willing to help?

MY ENTRY on the UBC Transportation and Land Use Group presentation last Thursday drew the following comment from reader bobaquino:

congrats to the UBC Team. With due respect, the presentation was very general and it appears that it was just culled from various topics on land use planning. If i may, Naga CBD is really congested and it is time to look for more satelite cites without compromising urban sprawl. The good news is the active particapation of the people and the city government. The proposal to have green space is laudable to make the city breathe and be more livable. If the Naga City government wants an alternative to UBC, the UP School of Urban and Regional Planning is willing to help. thanks and gud day.
Moments back, I wrote the following rejoinder:
In fairness to the UBC people, the slides do not do justice to their input and the ensuing exchanges that took place. If there is anything good that came out of it, it is putting forward the agenda for smart urban development, which is going to be a contentious issue.

The UP SURP is most welcome to join us in this debate. If it is willing to hold a studio course in Naga focusing solely on urban design, transportation and land use planning, we will be very thankful.
I hope the SURP will find a way to join us in this effort, institutionally or otherwise -- perhaps in the way Harvard-trained Urbano de la Cruz has weighed in through this entry from his blog.

6 comments:

Urbano dela Cruz said...

So Mr. Aquino thinks Naga is "congested" -? I wonder how he feels about the rest of metro manila?

here are the densities:

Caloocan City 22,081/km2
Las Piñas City 12,710
Makati City 16,260
Malabon City 21,501
Mandaluyong City 24,731
Manila 41,014
Marikina City 11,515
Muntinlupa City 8,122
Parañaque City 9,432
Pasay City 18,679
Pasig City 16,292
Quezon City 13,492
Taguig City 9,761
Valenzuela City 10,889
Navotas 21,393
Pateros 27,337
San Juan 19,811

and Naga?

Naga City 1,631/km2

(Compare that to Singapore's 6,369/km2.)

If Naga is congested and needs "satellite cities" -then what do we do about metro manila?

I hope mr. Aquino does not represent the current thought at SURP. Satellite cities were in vogue in the middle of the last century. - Paris (with its "New Towns") and London (Ambercrombie's 1945 "Greater London" plan) tried buildng satellite cities. The only problem was, the satellite cities didn't decongest the center city -and some say, actually spread out development more as the land between the center city and the satellites cities also quickly got consumed by development.

On the other hand, I hope Mr. Aquino does represent SURP and maybe his is a genuine offer to help.

Rizaldy M. Manrique said...

Willy,

The new layout or template looks good, I suspect decongesting the blog, among other things, has been a primary consideration in your new blog look. I think I will be missing the old layout...

The conversation here looks very interesting to me, I will share some ideas a little later in my blog:)

Filipinayzd said...

Ang CBD 1, hindi ang buong syudad. Napaparalayz ako sa bagong layout.

Marami ring mapaparalayz dyan. Isang halimbawa, ang mga terminal na dating nasa CBD 1. Lagpas 1 dekada na hindi pa rin "matanggap", atlist ng 2ng northbound ODA.

JOSEPH said...

If all the debates are already resolved and the frame work is to be materialize, "WHEN" will it be implemented?

Many thanks

Willy B. Prilles, Jr. said...

Joseph: When the new comprehensive land use plan is updated, adopted by the city council and approved by HLRB, then we can start implementing it. Our internal timeline targets its completion by yearend.

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