Public Use Space Policy

Author

Eduardo Xavier Garcia

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Centro de Diseño, Cine y Televisión

Mexico City, 2020

The numbers of street vendors around the world prove that they play a significant role in a vibrant and dynamic global economy. They are the ones who greet us around the world as we embark on our day-to-day journeys. And while some people appreciate the commodities and enticing cuisine they offer, not everyone perceives these vendors as a convenience. In many regions of the world, street vendors are viewed as destitutes who pollute public spaces and do not fit within the neoliberalist concept of a global city. What this synthesis map intends to do is bring to light how policy currently deals with street vending, look at street vending on public spaces and people’s perception of it, and finally make some suggestions as to how policymakers might approach this important issue. Through an analysis of academic papers, an online survey, and several Zoom interviews, I looked to gain a perspective on the matter. Having grown up around street vendors for a significant part of my early life, I also sought to inform my own bias towards them. Governments in the Global South know how difficult it is to design and implement a functional public space and mobility policy so hopefully, this content can provide some guidance.

Reading the map

The QR-Code on the map will take viewers to a page with further information, media and a report on the investigation.

The QR points to this page:
eduardoxaviergarcia.com/works/mobility-investigation/