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Dialogues in Development
22 October 2009
Real estate market, urban policy and entrepreneurial ideology in Santiago de
Chile’s urban renewal
Ernesto López-Morales, Faculty of Architecture & Planning, University of
17.30pm, Rm 101, DPU – UCL
34 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9EZ
Ernesto López-Morales has recently completed his PhD in Urban Planning, DPU,
UCL. In this presentation he will introduce the major findings of his
research which examines how and why Santiago’s is a particular form of
state-led gentrification by ground rent dispossession. Whilst national
housing schemes deprive local owner-occupiers from capitalizing increased
ground rents, many local governments frenetically foster the accumulation of
those rents by largescale developers, via managing local planning
regulations. In the event, residents have to sell out at lowered price and
find replacement accommodation in disadvantageous peripheries of the city,
generating not only displacement but highly politicized forms of social
contestation. Ernesto López-Morales concludes that ‘peripheral’ cases like
Santiago’s may contribute to existing theorizations of state-led
gentrification, urban entrepreneurialism and inner city ‘regeneration.
All are welcome to attend.
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