The Transnationalization of the Urban "Question" in Post War Latin America

by Leandro Benmergui

Jan 1, 2009
During the 1950s, the increasing urban problems associated with rising poverty, insufficient urban infrastructure, the alarming housing shortages, and the ignominious presence of squatter settlements in Latin American cities became an object of substantial concern to a number of different actors at the local, national, and transnational level. In response to the rapid population growth and unprecedented rural-to-urban migration that swelled in the region, social theorists, public policymakers, urban planners, politicians, and philanthropic organizations throughout the Americas asked how the postwar Latin American city might house a burgeoning population.
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