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Croft Institute for International Studies
Amman, the capital of Jordan, faces an impending infrastructure crisis. The city is plagued by water shortages, a lack of affordable housing, extreme traffic congestion, and dwindling open space. Over the past seventy-five years, several urban planning commissions have attempted to address these issues through policy change and other municipal directives. These plans help illustrate the different forces at play in constructing the city—whether they be the residents themselves, city officials, or international consultants. All the plans use neighborhoods as a primary metric for measuring need and organizing development. Likewise, all the plans focus on the importance of green and open space within those neighborhoods. Despite the work and resources devoted to urban plans, a gap remains between the vision expressed in these documents and the physical reality of the city. This research explores the relationship between top-down and bottom-up forces on the city’s urban identity through a GIS-led analysis.
Lawson, Ella, "A City Divided: A GIS-Informed Study of Urban Planning in Amman, Jordan" (2021). Honors Theses. 1819.
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