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ISBN-13: 9780262525787
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 05/02/2014
Series: Urban and Industrial Environments
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 963,072
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author


Vinit Mukhija is Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Planning at UCLA and the author of Squatters as Developers? Slum Redevelopment in Mumbai.


Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris is Professor of Urban Planning and Associate Provost for Academic Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of Sidewalks: Conflict and Negotiation over Public Space (MIT Press) and other books.


Vinit Mukhija is Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Planning at UCLA and the author of Squatters as Developers? Slum Redevelopment in Mumbai.


Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris is Professor of Urban Planning and Associate Provost for Academic Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of Sidewalks: Conflict and Negotiation over Public Space (MIT Press) and other books.


Renia Ehrenfeucht is Associate Professor in the Department of Planning and Urban Studies at the University of New Orleans.


Robert Gottlieb is Emeritus Professor of Urban & Environmental Policy and founder and former Director of the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College. He is the author of Reinventing Los Angeles: Nature and Community in the Global City (MIT Press) and other books.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction Vinit Mukhija Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris 1

Part I Settings

1 The Garage Sale as Informal Economy and Transformative Urbanism Margaret Crawford 21

2 Outlaw In-Laws: Informal Second Units and the Stealth Reinvention of Single-Family Housing Vinit Mukhija 39

3 The Reproduction of Informality in Low-Income Self-Help Housing Communities Peter M. Ward 59

4 Making and Supporting Community Gardens as Informal Urban Landscapes Jeffrey Hou 79

5 "This Is My Front Yard!" Claims and Informal Property Rights on Sidewalks Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris Renia Ehrenfeucht 97

6 Learning from the Margin: Placemaking Tactics Nabil Kamel 119

7 Surviving in America's Playground: Informal Sustenance Strategies among the Chronically Unhoused Jacob Avery 137

Part II Responses

8 The Irreconcilable Tension between Dwelling in Public and the Regulatory State Renia Ehrenfeucht Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris 155

9 Learning from Informal Practices: Implications for Urban Design Michael Rios 173

10 Formalizing City Farms: Conflict and Conciliation Matt Covert Alfonso Morales 193

11 A More Delicious City: How to Legalize Street Food Mark Vallianatos 209

12 Crystals, Mud, and Space: Street Vending Informality Gregg Kettles 227

13 "Keep Your Wheels On": Mediating Informality in the Food Cart Industry Ginny Browne Will Dominie Kate Mayerson 243

14 Regulating Day Labor: Worker Centers and Organizing in the Informal Economy Abel Valenzuela Jr. 261

15 Informal Parking Markets: Turning Problems into Solutions Donald Shoup 277

Conclusion: Deepening the Understanding of Informal Urbanism Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris Vinit Mukhija 295

Contributors 305

Index 311

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What People are Saying About This

Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo

Covering the myriad manifestations of informal urbanism in US cities today, from garage sales to outlawed garage conversions, and spanning street vending, sidewalk life, day laborers, and community gardens, this valuable volume prompts us to think about how urban informality permeates life in cities. Neither romantic nor neoliberal, this important collection moves us toward recognition of creative urban life lived in the margins of regulations and offers concrete planning and policy suggestions for how to support it.

Mitchell Duneier

This distinguished collection is the new benchmark volume on informal urbanism. It provides a thorough and penetrating interpretation that challenges basic assumptions and will reorient scholarship for years to come.

From the Publisher

This distinguished collection is the new benchmark volume on informal urbanism. It provides a thorough and penetrating interpretation that challenges basic assumptions and will reorient scholarship for years to come.

Mitchell Duneier, Princeton University, author of Sidewalk

Covering the myriad manifestations of informal urbanism in US cities today, from garage sales to outlawed garage conversions, and spanning street vending, sidewalk life, day laborers, and community gardens, this valuable volume prompts us to think about how urban informality permeates life in cities. Neither romantic nor neoliberal, this important collection moves us toward recognition of creative urban life lived in the margins of regulations and offers concrete planning and policy suggestions for how to support it.

Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, author of Paradise Transplanted: Migration and the Making of California Gardens

Through a global comparative analysis of the spatial origins and contributions of urban informal activities, this book challenges a fundamental bias in modernist notions of what constitutes a good city. A must-read for urban designers, policy planners, and critical urban theorists who dare to question conventional imagery of urbanism.

Bish Sanyal, Ford International Professor of Urban Development and Planning and Director of the Special Program in Urban and Regional Studies/Humphrey Fellows Program, MIT

Endorsement

Through a global comparative analysis of the spatial origins and contributions of urban informal activities, this book challenges a fundamental bias in modernist notions of what constitutes a good city. A must-read for urban designers, policy planners, and critical urban theorists who dare to question conventional imagery of urbanism.

Bish Sanyal, Ford International Professor of Urban Development and Planning and Director of the Special Program in Urban and Regional Studies/Humphrey Fellows Program, MIT

Bish Sanyal

Through a global comparative analysis of the spatial origins and contributions of urban informal activities, this book challenges a fundamental bias in modernist notions of what constitutes a good city. A must-read for urban designers, policy planners, and critical urban theorists who dare to question conventional imagery of urbanism.

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