Why a city should embrace its slums. An interview with David Smith

“The city does not exist that has no poor people”

Earlier this year during the TOKI Housing Convention 2011,  we interviewed David Smith in Tarlabaşı where he talked to us about the importance of catering to all income groups in a city. Increasingly governments and municipalities are forcing its poor people out of the city centre and to the very outskirts, where they have little to no access to the low-skilled jobs that are often their only choice, and that need to be performed in any city.  He discussed the impact of gentrification, radical redevelopment, the obligation cities owe to poor people as citizens and how experience in Western countries has shown that the experiment to house poor people in tower blocks on the outskirts of cities has failed.

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