Urban Indicators for Managing Cities

Publication | December 2001
Urban Indicators for Managing Cities

Nowhere is the urban challenge more starkly evident than in Asia. Many cities lack data and information on urban conditions and trends, which has undermined their ability to understand and manage the complex forces of urban growth and change.

The 460-page Cities Data Book explores the theory, development and application of urban indicator systems for improved urban management and performance measurement, and presents the findings from a pilot exercise undertaken in 18 cites in the Asia and Pacific region. The book provides a detailed approach to applying the policy-based urban indicator system in other cities for improved urban management.


  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Urban Indicators for Asia's Cities: From Theory to Practice
  • Urban Indicators and the Management of Cities
  • The CDB Process: Developing and Applying Urban Indicators
  • The CDB Database
  • Comparing the Cities Data Base
  • City Profiles
  • Notes and Sources
  • Appendixes
  • References