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Housing Policy in Latin American Cities: A New Generation of Strategies and Approaches for 2016 UN-Habitat III

Routledge: Research in Urban Politics and Policy Series. New York.

Ward, Peter M.

After the 1960s, rapid urbanization in developing regions in Latin America, Africa, and Asia was marked by the expansion of low-income "irregular" settlements that developed informally and which, by the 2000s, often constitute between 20-60 percent of the built-up area of metropolitan areas and other large cities. Apart from the activities of Latin American Housing Network (LAHN www.lahn.utexas.org), there has been minimal attention directed at the earliest portion of settlements that formed some 25-40 years ago that now form a large part of the intermediate ring of the cities.   Developed as a coordinated collaborative research project, the authors and contributors offer original perspectives on the policy challenges of densification and rehabilitation facing much of the low income housing of Latin American cities.

Researchers and practitioners working on housing theory, housing policy, comparative spatial and sociological research, and urban development issues will find the book highly significant.

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