Karachi, one of the world's fastest growing cities, holds 15 percent of Pakistan's GDP and almost a quarter of its urban population. But the city is struggling to manage the negative impacts of urban growth on housing, social relations and the environment. In a paper funded by the International Growth Centre, Architect and Researcher Arif Hasan provides an overview of the political, economic and social trends that have driven Karachi's development, and argues that the city's "World Class Vision" has exacerbated problems by widening income inequality. He suggests a possible reform agenda to improve living conditions in the city.
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