I recently wrote an oped on urbanization and informal settlements for The Mark News. The piece references the work of Solly Angel and his team of researchers at the NYU Urban Expansion program as well as the work of Alain and Marie-Agnes Bertaud.
Informal settlements are not nuisances to be condemned or ignored, they are critical sources of affordable housing for the least-advantaged who have the most to gain from the economic dynamism of cities. By taking simple steps to plan ahead and accommodate the poor, public officials can ensure that all residents share in the economic benefits of urban growth.
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