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Resettlement projects as poverty traps

By Karen Coelho

Mass-scale state-constructed slum rehousing schemes serve more to eradicate the poor from the city than to eradicate poverty. The 15,000-unit Kannagi Nagar project in Chennai illustrates how mass tenement-construction promotes spatial and social segregation, and perpetuates or reproduces poverty

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Participatory budgeting

By Naim Keruwala

Urban local bodies are responsible for urban poverty-alleviation. And municipal budgets reflect the priorities of government. But unless the urban poor participate in envisioning and planning budgets, all sorts of general expenditure ends up booked as allocation for the poor, as the case of Pune illustrates, and the opportunity for targeted poverty-alleviation is lost

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Exclusionary cities

By Amita Bhide

2015 marks a centenary of urban planning legislation in India. This is as good a time as any to reflect on how the poor have been excluded from the planning process and how the colonial legacy of a divided city has continued in independent India. If the poor have staked a claim on the city it is in spite of urban planning, not because of it

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