Shadow Cities: A Billion Squatters, a New Urban World / Edition 1

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Overview

In almost every country of the developing world, the most active builders are squatters, creating complex local economies with high rises, shopping strips, banks, and self-government. As they invent new social structures, Neuwirth argues, squatters are at the forefront of the worldwide movement to develop new visions of what constitutes property and community.

Visit Robert Neuwirth's blog at: http://squatterci ty.blogspot.com

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'Neuwirth gets the lowdown on the low life by becoming a resident of four of the most happening squatopolises: the thriving extralegal pockets of Istanbul, Mumbai, Nairobi, and Rio. His ghetto epiphanies include impeccable civility, self-organizing local governments, bustling economies, modest crime rates, and squatter millionaires.' - Josh McHugh,Wired

'Urban squatters - families that risk the wrath of governments and property owners by building dwellings on land they don't own - represent one out of every ten people on the planet. Squatters create complex local economies with high rises, shopping strips, banks, and self-government in their search for decent places to live. This book reveals squatter communities from Rio to Bombay that give a glimpse into our urban future and show new visions of what constitutes property and community.' - architecture week

'Shadow Cities is at its best shining an investigative lens into areas of urban life that have seldom been described before. It is a wonderful story of the vitality and creativity of ordinary people who have managed to survive and sometimes even prosper in the face of government indifference if not hostility.' - Robert H. Nelson, a professor at the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy; Reason Magazine

'[A] superbly probing book...Compelling, thought-provoking and written with laconic grace, Neuwirth's study is essential reading for anyone interested in global urban affairs.' -Publisher's Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415953610
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 728,041
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Neuwirth is an investigative reporter who specializes in urban issues. He has written for The New York Times, The Nation, Metropolis, The Village Voice, New York Magazine, and many other publications. He received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for his work on squatter communities.

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Table of Contents

Preface: Out of the Shadows xi
Prologue: Crossing the Tin Roof Boundary Line 1
Time Present
1 Rio de Janeiro: City without Titles 25
2 Nairobi: The Squatter Control 67
3 Mumbai: Squatter Class Structure 101
4 Istanbul: The Promise of Squatter Self-Government 143
Time Past
5 The 21st Century Medieval City 177
6 Squatters in New York 205
Issues on the Way Forward
7 The Habitat Fantasy 241
8 Are Squatters Criminals? 251
9 Proper Squatters, Improper Property 281
Time Future
10 The Cities of Tomorrow 309
Acknowledgments 317
Sources 321
Index 329
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