Damaris Cata is a 19-year-old university student who lives in the suburban development of Floreşti, in northwestern Romania.
She says the area could be perfect if the developers had only planned it just a little bit better.
“We don’t have medical service around here and the roads are not as they should be,” Cata says.
As countries progress, spatial planning- the methods used to influence the distribution of people and activities in spaces of various scales-becomes more and more important.
This is especially true for Romania, which has basically learned to do such planning from scratch, following the collapse of the country’s centralized planning system back in 1989.
While it is clear to urban planners why spatial planning is so important, it is not always easy to convince others of this, says a World Bank Enhanced Spatial Planning report.