Cities for All
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Informal settlements¿known in different countries as favelas, villas miseria, tugurios or barrios jóvenes¿provide shelter to more than 40 percent of the population in many large Latin American cities. The deplorable living conditions in these slum areas reflect all the major problems of urban poverty and social inequality.
Cities for All examines informal urbanization in Latin America as well as the methodologies being used to design and implement programs to upgrade these neighborhoods. Such efforts constitute a new approach to urban and social policy that combines infrastructure works with the delivery of social services and intensive community participation. The experiences reviewed in the book show that these programs have significantly improved the quality of life and have become an important tool in the fight against poverty, particularly for targeted pockets of marginality in cities. The results of neighborhood upgrading efforts presented in this book make it important reading for all those interested in such programs and involved in their design.
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