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By Paul van Lindert, Otto Verkoren (auth.), Paul Lindert, Otto Verkoren (eds.)

The Latin American subcontinent seems to have reinvented itself within the 21st century. Its economic climate has been remodeled lower than liberalization and globalisation. Decentralization and the democratic transition have transformed the political atmosphere, whereas neighborhood improvement techniques are changing the (grand) national-regional improvement schemes. the present neighborhood governance and native improvement debates confer with very assorted degrees of scale: from small, rural groups to quite wide (even foreign) areas. it really is transparent that the improvement method exhibits monstrous adjustments among huge and small towns, and among middle areas and distant rural components. certainly, the heterogeneity of the method is strongly inspired through nationwide, neighborhood and native contexts. The empirical stories during this quantity exhibit the range and complexity of neighborhood governance and native improvement in Latin the US, whereas warding off stereotypes concerning the impression of public zone reform and administrative decentralization.

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The urban community – once seen as a unique and, from a governance point of view, unified organism – is now divided in different spaces with different underlying norms, structures, and also control. Urban governance involves actors at different scales, following their respective interests and objectives. It may be too early to give an evaluation of this change, but there are first indicators of a loss of community consciousness, social responsibility, and socio-spatial coherence under the new conditions.

The rise of gated enclaves as an important feature of the urban landscape has been attributed to different factors. The most common argument is that gated enclaves are the built manifestation of rising insecurities, both real and perceived. g. Caldeira 2000; Coy and Pöhler 2002). Jaramillo (1999, p. 119), using the case of Bogotá, argues that gated developments simply represent the most recent adaptation of the segregation strategies by middle and upper income groups. He argues that these groups find it more difficult to establish spatial distance to lower social strata through the land or real estate market because of the increasing density and heterogeneity of cities.

Due to a lack of affordable housing, a large proportion of the poor has been absorbed by the growing number of marginal settlements (barriadas) on invaded land outside of the consolidated core (Kross 1992; Matos Mar 2004; Calderón 2005). 3 Territory, Local Governance, and Urban Transformation 39 More recent processes of urban transformation have received far less attention however. According to Ludeña (2002, p. 46), Lima has become a ‘strange barriada-metropolis’ that resembles nineteenth century cities of wild capitalism on the one hand, and is already ‘practising on the backyard of an omni-present global city’ on the other.

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