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Summing Up: Cairo Serendipity?

David Sims

in Understanding Cairo

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9789774164040
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970405 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774164040.003.0011
Summing Up: Cairo Serendipity?

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This chapter sums up the key findings of this study about the dynamics and functioning of the city of Cairo in Egypt. The findings reveal how the metropolis functions moderately well and has not become the urban nightmare prophesied by so many despite its informal development and lack of urban planning. The result also suggests that Cairo's compactness allows the city's otherwise creaky transport to function, makes the extension of infrastructure cost-efficient, and allows the legions of informal businesses to find nearby markets and customers.

Keywords: Cairo; Egypt; city; metropolis; informal development; urban planning; transportation; infrastructure

Chapter.  2512 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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