Asked what they envision when prompted with the idea of ‘Kathmandu’, the
Valley’s leading urban planners and scholars respond in a variety of
ways. Despite the differences in their conceptions of the Kathmandu
Valley and the five municipalities that comprise it, none refer to a
great deal of open or public space. And yet, it is just such spaces that
help describe Kathmandu’s past, while providing insight into its present
and indicating future trends.

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