Building Cities: Neighbourhood Upgrading and Urban Quality by Eduardo Rojas

By Eduardo Rojas

This quantity offers a synthesis of the teachings realized and demanding situations faced in imposing neighbourhood development courses, in response to the sensible reports of designing, imposing, and comparing all these courses within the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) quarter. The ebook offers a large landscape of the main advanced difficulties that the towns of the LAC quarter at present face and shows—with examples of initiatives lower than execution—that it really is attainable to resolve them in the course of the growth of the dimensions of interventions. the quantity is dependent in seven thematic chapters that current the "state of the paintings" at the wisdom and demanding situations in each one subject matter. The e-book is of curiosity to policymakers, govt officers, practitioners, and students operating during this box within the LAC sector and around the globe.

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In spite of these drawbacks, the informal economy of the LAC cities is very dynamic, sustaining large populations and providing goods and services to many enterprises and to a large part of the population. The very resilience and persistence of the informal urban economy leads to the conclusion that it is a structural and not a transitory feature of these economies, in which case it can be neither ignored nor eliminated. One promising new approach seeks to maximise the income-generating potential of these informal activities by improving their productivity and the working conditions for those involved.

In short, all agencies that bear responsibility for improving or maintaining the quality of life in cities—those that are sector-based and territorially based as well as local, regional, and national—must be involved and must coordinate their budgets and institutional resources accordingly. This level of coordination represents a serious organisational and institutional challenge, but it would significantly expand the amount of resources devoted to the problems of informal settlements, which have to date been addressed only piecemeal due to the narrow mandates and limited funding of individual agencies.

Org/pub BUILDING CITIZENSHIP FOR A BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE SCALE IS KEY Upgrading) programme in Rio de Janeiro—which promotes the hiring of workers from the neighbourhoods for the operation and maintenance of some services, such as garbage collection and the operation of day care centres—provide more permanent employment but in insufficient quantities to satisfy the needs of all the inhabitants. Other programmes include training female workers in skills such as hairdressing, nail care, and sewing to enable them to earn income working from their homes, but because there is little follow-up, it is unclear whether the training actually leads to increased incomes.

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