Displacement and the New Spaces for Informal Trade in the Latin American City Centre

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Rosemary D.F. Bromley, Peter K. Mackie
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  • Article Title: Displacement and the New Spaces for Informal Trade in the Latin American City Centre
  • Title of Journal: Urban Studies
  • Vol #: 46
  • Issue #: 7

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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