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Over the recent decades, the bayside City of Manila, as the capital of the Philippines, has

immensely shown rapid growth of urbanism and modernization, and like other major urban areas
in the world, Manila has experienced extensive suburbanization and substantially falling urban
population densities. In 1950, the core municipality of Manila had a population of under 1 million
people, and it represented approximately 60 percent of the urban area population. Over the
succeeding years, the core of Manila grew by approximately 700,000 people, while the balance
of the urban area added nearly 20,000,000 people.

The city of Manila was identified “underprivileged, crowded city” by the “New Lenses on Future
Cities”, a publication launched by the Shell Scenarios team of Shell International during the World
Cities Summit 2014.

Like many other Asian mega-cities, Manila has many urban problems and Manila's government
is having difficulty keeping up with the rapid growth of the mega-city. One of the worst problem
Manila has as an Asia mega-city is pollution. The smog that constantly settles on the city, the
inadequate sewage systems that lead to water pollution, lack of housing projects and the lack of
green space all lead to growing problems within Manila. Traffic congestion is another major
problem. There are hundreds of thousands for the roads of Manila and the disregard of traffic
laws mean that traffic problems in Manila are worse.


For cities like Manila, the challenge is to have “room to maneuver” to answer the problems and
crises that unmanaged urbanization would bring. Filipinos were praying and begging for change
to happen. They were yearning and craving for it for a long time but are too foolish and coward to
try something new when a change is about to be served for them. This factor restricts and holds
us back from developing urbanized cities like the City of Manila for the better good; opposite to
what people believe in that there is only a limited space for such environmental development that
could aid simple to bigger problems in a city, given that Manila is known as one of the densest
cities in the world. The higher the density, the higher chance of traffic congestion and air pollution.
However, if planned carefully, it could be an advantageous element just like how the concept of
new urbanism works. Allocating the dense areas near their workplaces, school, and shop to
promote walking and bicycle riding as their new mode of transportation. Less cars means cleaner
air for the people. How nice it would be to walk along the streets of Manila without the usual near-
black smokes from the vehicles.

The government presented and implemented new solutions as an attempt in bringing a
sustainable urbanization yet it was misinterpreted by the people and was put down like the
proposal of jeepney phase out to modernize it with electrical-operated vehicles as well as the “No
garage, no car policy” to minimize the road parking that worsens the Manila traffic congestion.
Another factor is the coordination with the people. What is the use of great plans and the
government initiation for making a better place to live in if not all will agree to it?

I believe that there is a significant place for these growth patterns simply because not all things
cannot be pushed to people for them to obey. Maybe it is a matter of choosing the right place, the
right time, and the right solution to get the attention and the coordination of the people. You simply
have to choose the first place to start maneuvering and changing the way how people lived for
the past decades. You simply have to understand where were they coming from and slowly
connect their thoughts to your solutions to eventually get their support and successfully have a
change that would cater and benefit the next generations.

there is a significant place for this growth patterns.describe the city of manila's urban growth model and what is your view on the development of this city to be walkable and an interaction of cleaner transportation system tapos eto pinili kong sagot.. why? Manila .