Street Vendors and the Contestation of Public Space

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Omar Nagati, Beth Stryker
Cluster, Dec 1, 2016
This study attempts to capture a time of rapid political and urban change in the city at large, and more specifically in public space in downtown Cairo, between 2011-2015 It builds on an earlier study CLUSTER undertook between 2011 and 2013, Archiving the City in Flux: Cairo's Shifting Landscape Since the January 25th Revolution. This publication focused on the issue of street vendors as an entry point to broader questions regarding the contestation of public space. Archiving the City in Flux explored competing interests and stakeholders in public space in Cairo, but more importantly, it examined conflicting frames of reference during a period when the state was vulnerable, and security nearly absent. While this study may contribute to broader research concerning informal economies in Cairo and questions regarding the right to the city, this document focuses on the spatial manifestation of these practices. It offers a systematic documentation and analysis of the question of street vendors in downtown Cairo, and suggests potential design and policy recommendations.

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