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Urban Governance

The Paradox of Urbanization

Urbanization is, predominantly, perceived as the engine for economic growth in the current wave of development. Urban centers are believed to be the spaces for enormous opportunities. The opportunities that cities provide are concomitant to distress in hinterlands that propels the city-ward migration in huge proportions. To define urbanization, it is the process of increase in area of urban centers and …

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Urbanism Houses

Emergence of Urban Areas as Spaces for Opportunities

Urbanization as an economic process, classical view of urbanization characterizes an urban place as an economic parasite thriving on the Agricultural surplus produced in the hinterland. This argument was evident and had value during the period of emergence of ancient towns. The pre-industrial age was agrarian society despite the location whether it is rural or …

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Understanding Urban Economics

A Classic Example of Splintering Urbanism from Lima in Peru

Introduction In Lima, infrastructure began to be developed and expanded majorly after the poor people started to occupy land and build settlements. Fifty percent of Lima’s population lives in poverty and the inequality is stark. It received independence from Spain in 1824 but ever since then urban fragmentation has been gradually visible. From the 1950s, …

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Urbanism Tactical

Emergence of Urban Areas as Spaces for Opportunities

Urbanization as an economic process, classical view of urbanization characterizes an urban place as an economic parasite thriving on the Agricultural surplus produced in the hinterland. This argument was evident and had value during the period of the emergence of ancient towns. The pre-industrial age was agrarian society despite the location whether it is rural …

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Poverty

The Migrant Worker in India’s Urbanization Trajectory

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody”    -Jane Jacobs Urbanization as Development The pace of urbanization in the Global South, particularly in India, is pivoted on large-scale migration from hinterlands to cities and medium towns in search of livelihood. The unequal resource distribution …

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Vote Bank Politics, Lobbying and Favoritism: Discrepancies of Slum Formation and Existence

The Andhra Pradesh Slum Act, 1956 is the first and popularly the last (slum) progressive legislation made by the state government of Andhra Pradesh (Banerjee. Guha, 2010). According to the act, a slum has to be classified on the grounds of whether the settlement is hazardous or safe considering the land of settlement (like river …

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Urbanism Tactical

Tactical Urbanism and its Implication

Tactical Urbanism is a case-based approach to address urban problems through participatory design. Knowing what, is needed and wanted, and responding to locals is paramount to Tactical Urbanism. The open streets or street makeovers are the design concepts that are often chosen to reinvent urban streets to reclaim space for pedestrians and cyclists. Tactical urbanism is a …

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