Nothing exemplifies the discrepancy between nation-state policies on migration and the local impact migrants have on cities more than the current refugee crisis in Europe. While European leaders struggle to come to an agreement on how to reform their policies, cities and towns across Europe are confronted with desperate people arriving on their doorstep with […]

Refugees Welcome

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Over the past 3 years, the number of food vendors at Broadway and 116th Street in Manhattan has increased very visibly from a mere coffee cart to now several vendors offering Chinese food during lunch time. Most attract long lines of Chinese students waiting for their fix of familiar cuisine in a part of the […]

Higher Education and Streetvending

Al mafraq
Written during a month-long stay at the Unesco Chair for Social and Spatial Inclusion of International Migrants at the IUAV in Venice this paper discusses the spatial and social consequences of developing an urban society in Abu Dhabi in which the majority of its population is denied a right to citizenship.The cities of the United […]

Urban Experiments in the Sand

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Walking through the streets and neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince the destruction of the January, 2010 earthquake is still eerily evident. There are still tens of thousands of destroyed buildings throughout the city and many appear to have been completely untouched since they collapsed two years ago. Like most things involving rebuilding in Haiti, the process of […]

Removing Rubble

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In looking at these five cities our attention was drawn to the relationship between very specific motivations or types of migrants and the spatial agency they (or their presence) exercise in their host cities. What are the policies –global, national or local- that facilitated a move to the host city? How do the migrant groups […]

Case Studies of the Fall 2011 Seminar

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[Health Promoters photo; author] This past week Haiti commemorated lives lost and forever changed by devastating earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince on January 12, 2010. Approximately three million Haitians were affected with more than 222,000 fatalities, 300,000 injured and 1.3 million people displaced. Factors such as overcrowded urban neighborhoods, steep topography, lack of proper land use, […]

Carrefour Feuilles, Port-au-Prince

photo:New York Times Somehow it seems fitting that my first blog post from Port au Prince should be on the topic of Haitian migration. As luck would have it the New York Times is reporting this week on Haitians migrating to Brazil in search of opportunities in construction and other service industries. Brazil is happy […]

Haitian Migration to Brazil

Monday, November 28, 2011, 6:30pm Featuring A People’s Plan for the East River Waterfront co-authors: Jason Cheng, CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities Anne Frederick, Hester Street Collaborative Damaris Reyes, GOLES (Good Old Lower East Side) Moderated by Kaja Kuehl, Columbia University GSAPP Organized by the Urban Planning Program and moderated by Kaja Kuehl, this is the […]

Where is New York?* Visions at Pier 42

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photo: Model D Detroit, once one of the most important industrial cities in United States and the world, has been in a period of slow decline over the past generation as it struggles to cope with the loss of it’s economic base. Despite the challenges, there are innovative ideas emerging as Detroit seeks new resources to help build it’s future.  One of […]

Global Detroit

welcoming america
This past week we attended the National Immigrant Integration Conference in Seattle, Washington. The event was hosted by the National Partnership for New Americans, a parntership of twelve immigrant’s rights coalitions across the country, including the New York Immigration Coalition. The nearly 700 participants included researchers, advocates, organizers and local government officials from across the […]

Welcoming America