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The informal American city : Beyond taco trucks and day labor

Author: Vinit Mukhija; Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2014]
Series: Urban and industrial environments.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Every day in American cities street vendors spread out their wares on sidewalks, food trucks serve lunch from the curb, and homeowners hold sales in their front yards—examples of the wide range of informal activities that take place largely beyond the reach of government regulation. This book examines the “informal revolution” in American urban life, exploring a proliferating phenomenon often associated with  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Vinit Mukhija; Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris
ISBN: 9780262027076 0262027070 9780262525787 026252578X
OCLC Number: 858914379
Description: viii, 325 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Settings. The garage sale as informal economy and transformative urbanism / Margaret Crawford --
Outlaw in-laws : informal second units and the stealth reinvention of single-family housing / Vinit Mukhija --
The reproduction of informality in low-income self-help housing communities / Peter M. Ward --
Making and supporting community gardens as informal urban landscapes / Jeffrey Hou --
"This is my front yard!" : Claims and informal property rights on sidewalks / Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris and Renia Ehrenfeucht --
Learning from the margin : placemaking tactics / Nabil Kamel --
Surviving in America's playground : informal sustenance strategies among the chronically unhoused / Jacob Avery --
Responses. The irreconcilable tension between dwelling in public and the regulatory state / Renia Ehrenfeucht and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris --
Learning from informal practices : implications for urban design / Michael Rios --
Formalizing city farms : conflict and conciliation / Matt Covert and Alfonso Morales --
A more delicious city : how to legalize street food / Mark Vallianatos --
Crystals, mud, and space : street vending informality / Gregg Kettles --
"Keep your wheels on" : mediating informality in the food cart industry / Ginny Browne, Will Dominie, and Kate Mayerson --
Regulating day labor : worker centers and organizing in the informal economy / Abel Valenzuela Jr. --
Informal parking markets : turning problems into solutions / Donald Shoup --
Conclusion: Deepening the understanding of informal urbanism / Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris and Vinit Mukhija.
Series Title: Urban and industrial environments.
Other Titles: Beyond taco trucks and day labor
Responsibility: edited by Vinit Mukhija and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris.

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An examination of informal urban activities-including street vending, garage sales, and unpermitted housing-that explores their complexity and addresses related planning and regulatory issues.  Read more...

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