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The goal of Cityscape is to bring high-quality original research on housing and community development issues to scholars, government officials, and practitioners. Cityscape is open to all relevant disciplines, including architecture, consumer research, demography, economics, engineering, ethnography, finance, geography, law, planning, political science, public policy, regional science, sociology, statistics, and urban studies.

Cityscape is published three times a year by the Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

  • Lessons for the United States From Asian Nations
  • Volume 11, Number 1
  • Managing Editor: Mark D. Shroder
  • Associate Editor: Michelle P. Matuga
Lessons for the United States From Asian Nations

Guest Editor: Alven Lam

Guest Editor's Introduction

Reinventing Highrise Housing in Singapore
Belinda Yuen

Land Takings in the Private Interest: Comparisons of Urban Land Development Controversies in the United States, China, and Vietnam
Annette M. Kim

Enabling the Voluntary Sector in Third World Housing
Sukumar Ganapati

Refereed Papers

Crime Control in the City: A Research-Based Briefing on Public and Private Measures
Philip J. Cook

Applying Lean Production in Factory Homebuilding
Jordan Dentz, Isabelina Nahmens, and Michael Mullens

Role of Personal Bankruptcy Exemption Laws on Mortgage Availability
Sumit Agarwal and Souphala Chomsisengphet


Policy Brief

Conforming Loan Limits
John Comeau

Data Shop

A Note on Data Preparation Procedures for a Nationwide Analysis of Urban Form and Settlement Patterns
Robert N. Renner, Selma Lewis, John I. Carruthers, and Gerrit-Jan Knaap

Industrial Revolution

Insulating Concrete Forms: Walls for a Better Home
Mike Blanford


The Impact of the HOPE for Homeowners Program Rule
Alastair McFarlane, Edward Szymanoski, and Kurt Usowski

Cityscape is published three times a year by the Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Subscriptions are available at no charge and single copies at a nominal fee. The journal is also available on line at http://www. huduser.gov/periodicals/cityscape.html.

PD&R welcomes submissions to the Refereed Papers section of the journal. Our referee process is double blind and timely, and our referees are highly qualified. The managing editor will also respond to authors who submit outlines of proposed papers regarding the suitability of those proposals for inclusion in Cityscape. Send manuscripts or outlines to Cityscape@hud.gov.

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