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The Panamericana strip: : informal commerce and instant urbanism in Latin-American economies

Suau, Cristian (2012) The Panamericana strip: : informal commerce and instant urbanism in Latin-American economies. Cercle review, 6. ISSN 2014-0142

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Abstract

This study will critically analyse and compare the contemporary urban phenomenon of informal economies along main transport network -the Pan-American Highway- in Santiago de Chile by analysing three distinctive informal commerce spaces: A. Macro-commerce: Food fairs, flea markets, etc. and B. Micro-commerce: Street vendors and push-carts in the strip.