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Displacement and the new spaces for informal trade in the Latin American city centre

Bromley, Rosemary D. F. and Mackie, Peter Kelso ORCID: 2009. Displacement and the new spaces for informal trade in the Latin American city centre. Urban Studies 46 (7) , pp. 1485-1506. 10.1177/0042098009104577

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Using evidence from Cusco, Peru, the paper examines the effects of the planned displacement of informal traders from city-centre streets. Although more than 3500 traders were relocated to new off-centre markets, the research identifies the emergence of `unplanned' alternative city-centre locations for informal trade, especially the new courtyard markets. The municipal-led changes, influenced strongly by concerns to enhance tourism, reveal a process which displays many of the hallmarks of gentrification. Lower-class traders were displaced from city-centre streets for the benefit of middle-class tourists and local people. There was also gentrification of the trading activity itself: by manipulating stall allocation and pricing structures to exclude the poorest traders from the new higher-quality municipal markets. The changing pattern of informal trading can be viewed as an unconventional `barometer' of the progress of policy-led gentrification, applicable to other cities in the developing world

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0042-0980
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2022 12:37

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