The Center For Urban Sustainable Planning

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Executive summary The Center for Urban Sustainable Planning (CUSP) was established in 1996 as a United States 501(c) (3) non-profit organization intended to educate city planners and government officials on sustainable urban planning programs for low- to mid-range developing countries and assist them in developing urban systems that serve industry, tourism, and provide opportunities for the urban poor. Our areas of expertise include urban planning, tenure rights, economic development, infrastructure, environmentally friendly development, social engagement, poverty reduction, zoning codes, legislation, and residential housing focused on provision of adequate housing for the urban poor. The CUSP mission is to ensure that city planners, government officials, transnational corporations, and the international community engages in urban planning activities to build better cities that serve their entire population in environmental and economically sustainable ways. We are aware that with increasing migration to urban centers by both professionals seeking work, as well as those in low-skill, no-skill industries, there are increasing challenges for these various stakeholders and decision makers in the area of providing adequate housing, infrastructure, and services that reach the poor and lower-middle class residents, while also providing infrastructure that serves investors well and will attract their more highly paid professional staff to areas where they would like to develop
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