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Negotiating neighborhood priorities : the politics of risk & development in Medellin's Comuna 8

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dc.contributor.advisor Gabriella Carolini. en_US Coffey, Alison E. (Alison Elizabeth) en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Urban Studies and Planning. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial s-ck--- en_US 2015-09-29T19:01:37Z 2015-09-29T19:01:37Z 2015 en_US 2015 en_US
dc.description Thesis: M.C.P., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, 2015. en_US
dc.description Cataloged from PDF version of thesis. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (pages 88-96). en_US
dc.description.abstract In a time of increasing concern over the impacts of climate change, environmental degradation, urban insecurity, and rapid urbanization, risk management has come to the forefront of planning agendas in cities across the world. No longer considered solely in environmental terms, key drivers of risk include a range of socio-economic and governance factors, and as such, risk management interventions have become tightly entwined with urban development politics. With many risks distributed unequally and affecting a city's most marginalized individuals and communities most significantly, understanding how the intersection of risk management and urban development manifests in planning and policy interventions at the neighborhood level proves increasingly important for equitable city planning pursuits. Using the case study of a Comuna 8, a semi-informal district in Medellín, this thesis explores how community-based groups situated in municipally-defined areas of high environmental risk negotiate their development priorities with city government and development entities. By examining how risk is invoked, re-interpreted or contested by different stakeholders pursing planning at different scales in Medellín, it demonstrates how the political nature of risk discourse and designations allows different stakeholders to justify, challenge, or carry through different development visions for a specific territory. For planners and communities concerned with equitable outcomes in cities facing complex environmental and social risks, this thesis suggests both the need for analytic frameworks that address risk in context of disputed development and improved decision-making structures that recognize the agency of grassroots actors in local development and risk management. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Alison E. Coffey. en_US
dc.format.extent 96 pages en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
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dc.subject Urban Studies and Planning. en_US
dc.title Negotiating neighborhood priorities : the politics of risk & development in Medellin's Comuna 8 en_US
dc.title.alternative Politics of risk & development in Medellin's Comuna 8 en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US M.C.P. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Urban Studies and Planning. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 921883118 en_US

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