Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo
The historical experience of the now developed economies is that urbanization accompanied and fostered industrialization, economic growth and productivity increases (Henderson, 2003). But the process of urbanization now unfolding in the developing world seems much more mixed in outcomes as the negative effects resulting from crowding, environmental degradation, and inadequate services can sometimes negate the productivity advantages of rapidly growing urban areas (Bloom et al., 2008). Central to the differentiated experience of urbanization in developing nations is the experience of the informal or poor neighborhoods (“slums”) which are the principal spatial and social expressions of their rapid urban population growth (Arimah, 2010). While in some places and at some times slums have played a positive and dynamic role in urban development, (Frankenhoof, 1967; Ulack, 1978) there is growing concern that the rapid pace of slums’…
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