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On-Street Upgrading? Assessing the Consequences of Allocation and Regulation Policy in Santiago de Chile’s Ferias Libres

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Off-street relocation projects have become a common policy approach to upgrade the street trade of agricultural produce in Latin America, rendering many successful and unsuccessful attempts. In contract to this trend, in Santiago de Chile street vendors working in farmers’ markets, known as ferias libres, achieved recognition as legitimate providers of agricultural produce in 1939 by plying their trade in the streets (Salazar 2003: 83). In a context of food supply scarcity, in ferias urban planners found an alternative, low-cost solution to building public markets in order to serve a growing city that demanded agricultural produce at affordable prices. Although most vendors were not necessarily farmers, as they traditionally had been, ferias remained steadfast through the 1980s within the upper-, middle- and lower-class residential areas.

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  • Market Opportunity
  • Urban Renewal
  • Residential Segregation
  • Informal Economy

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Aliaga-Linares, L. (2012). On-Street Upgrading? Assessing the Consequences of Allocation and Regulation Policy in Santiago de Chile’s Ferias Libres. In: Rodgers, D., Beall, J., Kanbur, R. (eds) Latin American Urban Development into the 21st Century. Studies in Development Economics and Policy. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137035134_8

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