Can infrastructure prevent a planet of slums?

  title={Can infrastructure prevent a planet of slums?},
  author={David Rogers},
  journal={Construction Research and Innovation},
  pages={30 - 33}
  • David Rogers
  • Published 1 June 2013
  • Economics
  • Construction Research and Innovation
The growth of southern cities has in many cases led to social catastrophes. Whereas the 19th-century migrants to European and North American cities formed a reserve army of labour that was eventually absorbed into formal, state-regulated employment, and in time acquired a full range of public services and legal entitlements, those displaced from rural areas in the south have largely stayed in the informal sector, in jobs with almost no productivity, where they contribute almost no taxes and…