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Series. 37dc20 CIP Page iii Foreword As each generation leaves its mark on the social, economic, and physical world, the hope is always that its legacy will be positive and enriching, in all its dimensions. In recent timesappropriatelythe cultural consequences of development actions, for the individual, the community, and the region, have grown significantly as a factor in judging both the original objectives and the effects of these activities. This publication underlines that the World Bank and many of its borrowers are among those to whom this issue is one of increasing importance.

Page 27 Too Many People, Too Little Space The main threat here is from what the experts call "uncontrolled urban growth"too many people squashed into too small a space. Some 300,000 people live in the Walled City, but there are also pressures from the larger city, outside the walls, where fifteen times that number live. " I walked into the Walled City through the Delhi Gate. Once, the whole of the old city was surrounded by a high wall and a moat with entrances through thirteen gates, of which only five survive.

Adding to this "visual clutter" are shop signs, political hoardings, and a tangle of electric power wires and exposed overhead transformers. These alter the look of a street, an open space, the whole atmosphere of the city. There are also other "encroachments" by traders who put up their stalls wherever they want, as they have in the square in front of Wazir Khan's mosque, ruining the mood of the place. The Delhi Gate I stood inside the massive Delhi Gate and peered upward. Many of the thirteen gates are to be restored.

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