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Title: DYNAMICS OF URBAN STREET VENDING: A STUDY OF THE RELOCATION OF STREET-VENDORS INTO VERTICAL MARKETS
Authors: ADITHYA PRASAD NAYAKANKUPPAM
Keywords: Street Vendors
Relocation
Vertical Markets
Informal Economy
Chennai
Urban Regeneration
Informal Retail
Urban Isolation
Architecture
Design Track
DT
Master (Architecture)
Chen Yu
2014/2015 Aki DT
Issue Date: 17-Dec-2014
Citation: ADITHYA PRASAD NAYAKANKUPPAM (2014-12-17). DYNAMICS OF URBAN STREET VENDING: A STUDY OF THE RELOCATION OF STREET-VENDORS INTO VERTICAL MARKETS. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Street-Vending is at the interesting junction of several different discussions, some of which deal with the informal economy, others which explore the political, social and legal ramifications of their utilization of urban spaces, and still more exploring the empirical nature of their existence across different cities. They represent a highly victimized section of society, since they form the façade of the informal economy, present an image of disorder and are perceived responsible for urban congestion, both vehicular and pedestrian. Such a complex social, spatial and economic act cannot be reviewed from the perspective of any one discipline, rather it requires integrated thinking to find solutions to the various problems this section of society faces, in attempting to earn their livelihood. Street-Vendors come in many forms and types, each of which possess a different relationship with the surrounding context, though one thing remains constant. Vendors are always reacting to a particular urban context or need and when dissociated from that specific context, their activity loses its significance. This paper deals with a little explored subject of the relocation of street-vendors into vertical vendor markets, backed by a series of interviews and site research at two such markets (Pondy Bazaar & Lily Pond) in Chennai, Tamilnadu, India. Evidence suggests that such relocation efforts are an attempt at containment of the vendors in demarcated spaces, separating them from the core commercial areas by creating zones of exclusion which in turn perpetuates urban inequity.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/224018
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