Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo
Nearly two month ago we moved to Malmö, probably one of the best-organized cities in the world. Malmö is Sweden’s third city; nearly 300 000 people live here. Famously it is connected with a bridge to Copenhagen. Malmö Stad, the municipality of the city, is active, structured, responsive, ambitious and has a reliable budget. My brother in law describes Sweden as a very friendly police state and I tend to agree. My personal ID number legitimizes and systemizes my comfortable existence here. In addition to further systemisation, I observe how Malmö Stad embraces informality as a matter of approach, to reach its goals.
In some cities informality allows people to house themselves, in Sweden the government provides. However with a shrinking municipal budgets, a vision of a cultural city and a participatory democracy; I notice how Malmö Stad capitalizes on the informal activity in the city as a way to…
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