Urban sustainability can mean a lot of different things. Simply put, a sustainable urban area is one that aims to improve the social, economic, and environmental conditions of a city to ensure the quality of life and well-being of current and future residents and visitors.
Perhaps more crucially, the concept recognizes that every facet of city living—employment, transportation, food, health, the economy, and more—influences the others, so all areas must be designed and implemented with those network effects in mind.
Creating sustainable cities requires agreed-upon specifics. Solutions need to be scalable without upsetting the established balance. It’s necessary to define exactly where a city’s boundaries are, conceptually and geographically, and select robust indicator signals to decide where the priorities lie.
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