So there is an infrastructure. What now? How, people might ask,
do we get from one place to the next? There may be roads, but
what about buses? They need garbage collection and a place to
dispose of it. They need to have clean water running in the
pipes. They need places to buy bread and clothing. They need such
services in order to live healthily and keep the city healthy.
As the city grows, its organization becomes more complex
(and, of course, more expensive). The needs and demands of
citizens change. Many arrive from remote areas or other countries
and are not sure what to expect. What they find is not always
what they had dreamt. To be healthy, a city must also be just. To
be healthy, according to the criteria suggested by the World
Health Organization (WHO), a city must meet the BASIC needs of
ALL its inhabitants.
- In the final column of your Planning Table list all the
services needed by citizens in order to lead a good life in the
city (call this column services). There are some mentioned in
Units 3 and 4. Can you come up with more? Think of your own life
and all the different things you do during the week and on
- Now that you have all the services listed, go through them
and discuss which ones are essentialthe BASIC NEEDS without
which it would be impossible to live a healthy life. Place a
check beside each one of those services you think is essential.
- As with the last activity, compare this column to the first
three, positive, negative and improvements. Are there any
items in this last column that you did not mention in the first
three? If so, discuss in which column the item would fit and
place it there as well.