Informal Cities

Formalizing Street Vending: A Los Angeles Case Study

The ongoing efforts to reform street vending laws in Los Angeles gained national media attention recently. Can local officials find a way to overcome controversy and complexity to legalize street vending this year?

January 30, 2015 - Salon

On New York's Shadow Transportation System: 'Dollar Vans'

The New Yorker has published an interactive feature in New York's shadow transit system—the network of so-called "dollar vans."

January 25, 2015 - The New Yorker

An Urban Framework Based on the Slum

Many people have argued that global cities can take lessons from informal communities like Dharavi and the favelas of Brazil. Designers Pavlina Ilieva and Kuo Pao Lian have created a new framework for city development based on these informal cities.

September 11, 2010 - The Futurist

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