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“Path Dependency” Affects the Development of Informal Systems

  • Path-dependency means the past development trajectory will likely illuminate the future. The history and culture in which current systems evolved matter. 
  • Rather than replicating international best practices, city planners should use only those practices that are appropriate for local contexts.
  • The kind of transport projects that are put in place today will determine— that is, they will either foreclose or make possible—future transport opportunities.



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