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Tierra vacante en las ciudades de América Latina

Desafíos y oportunidades

Adriana de Araujo Larangeira

December 2004, Spanish

This Spanish-language publication, Tierra vacante en las ciudades de América Latina: Desafíos y oportunidades (Vacant Land in Latin American Cities: Challenges and Opportunities), presents analyses and case studies based on presentations made by more than 25 participants in the “International Seminar on Urban Vacant Land: New Challenges and Opportunities” held in April 1999 in Rio de Janeiro, and jointly sponsored by the Lincoln Institute and the Municipality of Rio de Janeiro.

The types and impacts of vacant land on urban quality of life vary widely among the countries and cities of Latin America, and even among neighborhoods within a city, making it difficult to develop a single conceptual framework. This report explores the many possible ways to understand the origins of urban vacant land and develop viable strategies and actions to address its consequences. It examines two key questions: How can vacant land fulfill its social function of contributing to the development of more equitable cities; and what kind of instruments are required to achieve this goal?

This report has been translated into English.


Brownfields, Development, Economic Development, Favela, Housing, Inequality, Informal Land Markets, Infrastructure, Land Market Monitoring, Land Market Regulation, Land Reform, Land Speculation, Land Use Ethics, Land Use Planning, Planning, Reuse of Urban Land, Segregation, Urban, Urban Development, Urban Revitalization, Urban Upgrading and Regularization, Zoning