Urban Megaprojects and City Planning in Phnom Penh

Authored by: Tom Percival

The Handbook of Contemporary Cambodia

Print publication date:  September  2016
Online publication date:  September  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138831186
eBook ISBN: 9781315736709
Adobe ISBN: 9781317567837


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The majority of urban studies research on Phnom Penh has tended to emphasize issues facing the urban poor such as tenure security, land rights, and evictions (see Khemro and Payne 2004; Springer 2010, 2015). In contrast, the processes by which new urban developments are produced are less well understood. The primary focus of this chapter will be on urban development in the contemporary era, which I delineate here as from the early 2000s onwards. It was during this time that the city began to develop rapidly as political stability led to an increase in both domestic and foreign investment.

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