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Kuala Lumpur's Sprawl Creating A Mini Los Angeles

In a recent report about Malaysia, the World Bank has said that the capital's urban sprawl is transforming it into a "mini Los Angeles" rather than a densely populated Asian City.
December 20, 2011, 7am PST | George Haugh
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Although considered more livable than Jakarta and Bangkok, the report outlines ways that urban planners in Malaysia could enhance investment and economic growth in the country. Chief among the recommendations was a return to the "tight fitting, heritage house style," abandoned recently in favor of more sprawling motorization of housing.

The World Bank believes that 'smart cities' are crucial for retaining local talent and attracting foreign skilled labor that is able to contribute to innovation. Despite these criticisms, the report did note important initiatives that Malaysia has taken towards building the infrastructure for a 'smart city,' particularly in addressing shortages in public transportation.

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Published on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 in The Wall Street Journal
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