Article Title:
Displacement and the New Spaces for Informal Trade in the Latin American City Centre
Title of Journal:
Urban Studies
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Bromley, Rosemary D.F. and Peter K. Mackie.
June, 2009
Publication Type:
Journal Article

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.

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