In the first debate on the Cuenca’s 2030 Urban Plan, city councilors seemed to agree that the city should not continue to expand horizontally. Several suggested in-filling vacant land within the city and relaxing building height limits so growth can be concentrated in areas where infrastructure already exists. According to council members, the mountains surrounding the city and elevation differentials mean that urban sprawl will be prohibitively expensive for the extension of city services. One solution offered by councilman Carlos Orellana was to make better use of the vacant properties available within the central city. Currently, he said, there are…
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