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GGR100H1 Lecture Notes - Participatory Planning

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Joseph Leydon

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Guest Lecture - Medellin, Columbia
A city in Columbia
2nd largest and wealthiest city in columbia.
Located in a valley that expands along the Medellin River.
Spring water all year long
Highly dense due to informal urbanization that took place throughout the 20th century.
2 cities: 1 carefully planned by French Architect. 2nd city -----------------
Urbanization process
Middle-size city
Rare for S.A
Most industrialized city.
Rampant urbanization in the 1940s.
City not ready to receive migrants, so they ran out of land space.
Face economic crisis in the 1080s because of globalization.
1991 it became the most violent city in the world.
Informality and social polarization
It became informal.
People went to the informal sector and worked whatever job they could find.
Employment lower than average.
One of the highest inequality.
City is not only informal in labour but also in housing.
Cheap labour and provides other stuff that an informal city benefits from.
Good areas are from middle and upper class.
Other where areas public service are not good, and lack of transport facility.
Medellin, a city of contrasts
El Poblado - Upper class neighbourhood.
Current challenges
Conservative, catholic, white
Quest Lecture - Brazilian Cities
1.Rapid urbanization, especially Sao Paulo and Rio de Jeneiro
2.Developing country aspect as well as developed country aspects.
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