The Radical Center
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The Radical Center

In Defense of Informal Housing

A Proposal for Africa

There is an assumption on the part of urban central planners that informal housing projects are static slums. This is not true.

Part of the problem with informal housing is the lack of secure, tradable property rights when a dwelling, however scant, is built the owner is reluctant to improve it. Any improvements, and the entire dwelling could be taken from the…

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James Peron

James Peron

James Peron is the president of the Moorfield Storey Institute, was the founding editor of Esteem a LGBT publication in South Africa under apartheid.