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Author Neuwirth, Robert.

Title Shadow cities : a billion squatters, a new urban world / Robert Neuwirth
Edition First Routledge paperback edition
Published New York : Routledge, 2005


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  307.336 Neu/Sca  Unavailable C19
Description xiv, 335 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents Prologue : crossing the tin roof boundary line -- 1. Rio de Janeiro : city without titles -- 2. Nairobi : the squatter control -- 3. Mumbai : squatter class structure -- 4. Istanbul : the promise of squatter self-government -- 5. The 21st century medieval city -- 6. Squatters in New York -- 7. The habitat fantasy -- 8. Are squatters criminals? -- 9. Proper squatters, improper property -- 10. The cities of tomorrow
Summary "This is a book that confronts one of the least known but most important facts about the world's cities: that they are home to more than a billion squatters. Within a generation, that number is projected to grow to two billion - and more than half the people living in cities will be squatters. Yet most outsiders are unwilling to step into their communities, fearing crime, disease, and distress." "Investigative reporter Robert Neuwirth spent two years living in squatter neighborhoods on four continents. In Shadow Cities, he reports what he has learned from squatters in Rio de Janeiro, Istanbul, Mumbai, and Nairobi. He started his journey prepared to find squatters as signifiers of urban decay and lawlessness. Instead, he found vital communities of industrious and highly moral people who have built communities of lasting power."
"Shadow Cities dispels the myth that shantytowns are purely a third world phenomenon, showing that the great cities of Europe and North America were once dominated by shantytowns. And Neuwirth shows that squatters will build vital neighborhoods without private titles as long as they know they are not subject to eviction." "Shadow Cities acknowledges that the world of the squatters may be gritty, but it shows that it is governed by hope. Squatters, Neuwirth argues are building the cities of tomorrow."--BOOK JACKET
Notes First published in hardcover 2005; paperback ed. has a new preface
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 321-328) and index
Subject Cities and towns.
Squatter settlements -- History.
Right of property.
Urban poor.
Urban poor -- Housing.
Squatter settlements.
LC no. 2004011849
ISBN 0415933196 hardback alkaline paper
0415953618 paperback