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William Easterly and Laura Freschi on "A Long History of a Short Block"

William Easterly and Laura Freschi proposed a new approach to tackling the question of whether development flourishes under planned or spontaneous conditions. Rather than examining development at the nation-state level or city level, they zoomed in to a single New York City block: Greene Street, between Houston and Prince streets. Read more.

Paul Romer on "The Power of the Grid"

Professor Paul Romer started his talk by suggesting that the interventions we have come to associate with international development – like cash transfers, women's self-help groups, deworming, bed nets and better stoves – are not necessarily the big drivers of economic growth and development. These approaches did not play a role in the economic development of rich countries in Europe and North America, so why do we assume they will help countries in the Global South? Read more.

"I wish Joburg was New York": 'Sweeping' poverty in Johannesburg

Johannesburg, 25 November 2014 — While informal trade has always struggled to exist in Johannesburg, and remains so even after the 1994 democratic transition, this usually 'hidden' struggle was made plain when the City recently embarked on a plan to remove thousands of traders from the inner-city. Known as "Operation Clean Sweep," it provoked both outrage and support, raising questions of the policy and urban space status quo, and larger questions about what a democracy and a city is, and for whom it is. See more.

MRT dan imbas terhadap sektor informal

Jakarta, 24 November 2014 — Pedagang sektor informal kerap menjadi sasaran penertiban aparat perkotaan karena dianggap menggangu ketertiban dan mengurangi keindahan kota. Pembangunan MRT Jakarta berimbas pula pada pedagang kaki lima ini. Cukupkah hanya dengan merelokasi mereka? Baca lebih lanjut.

Hasta qué punto la política pública del Bando 2 afectó la inclusión urbana y la informalidad en el DF entre 2000-2006

Mexico D.F., 21 noviembre 2014 — La política del uso de suelo del Bando 2 en la Ciudad de México pretendió meter orden en la planeación de desarrollo de la vivienda, no obstante no logró el objetivo de incluir a la población más marginada debido al efecto en el precio de la tierra a partir de la intervención de la política de gobierno. Leer más.

Returning Bangalore to its reign as India's "Green City"

Bangalore, 20 November 2014 — Bangalore, once known for its parks and cool, fresh air, is being taken over by cars, pollution, and haphazard development. The unwieldy growth is leading to massive sprawl, making it difficult to reach new areas via public transit. The city's Master Plan is up for renewal, and the Green City has a chance to reverse this trend by designing development for a more compact city. Models for denser, more walkable cities aren't too far off either. See more.

La Planeación como forma de combatir el crecimiento informal en las laderas de Cali

Cali, 19 noviembre 2014 — El Plan General del año 2000 prohibía toda construcción en las laderas de Cali. Sin embargo, la presión migratoria que se ha producido desde entonces ha resultado en la urbanización irregular de 400 hectáreas. El nuevo POT reconoce esta realidad y permite la urbanización legal como forma de detener el crecimiento irregular. Leer más.

A life of dignity through land reforms

Delhi, 18 November 2014 — With mega infrastructure projects including the 1,483 km-long Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor and numerous Special Economic Zones, Delhi is facing rising contention over land. The judgments so far have been regressive and hardly understood or practiced with respect to those affected by them. This article discusses a need for a land policy developed within the overall framework of human rights. See more.

Penertiban pemukiman liar sekitar rel Kereta Api

Surabaya, 17 November 2014 — Bangunan liar di sekitar rel kereta api sangat mudah ditemui dimanapun di Surabaya. Bangunan sementara, semi permanen maupun permanen menjadi wajah kota yang mengurangi keindahan dan menambah kesemrawutan perkotaan. Apa yang telah dilakukan pemkot Surabaya? Baca lebih lanjut.

A revisão do zoneamento e a informalidade de luxo em São Paulo

São Paulo, 14 novembro 2014 — A informalidade em São Paulo é geralmente relacionada às áreas de alta densidade, baixa qualidade ambiental e pobreza. Entretanto existem outros aspectos relativos à informalidade na cidade, como as zonas estritamente residenciais ocupadas pelo uso misto, um tópico a ser levantado na revisão da lei de zoneamento. Leia mais.