Journal article

Mobility nodes and economic spaces: Links, tensions and planning implications

Redento Recio, Sonia Roitman, Iderlina Mateo-Babiano

Journal of Transport and Land Use | University of Minnesota | Published : 2019

Abstract

While transport hubs function largely as mobility interchanges, they also serve as spaces of conflict and negotiation, particularly when informal livelihoods of poor populations take place in public spaces like streets and transport terminals. This condition poses challenges to urban planners and transport officials on how to promote inclusive cities without sacrificing urban mobility. We examine how informal trading has become embedded in the land-use patterns of Baclaran, a strategic transport hub in Metro Manila. Three factors emerge as critical in understanding how and why informal trading thrives in Baclaran: a) the presence of commuters as captive market; b) mixed land use and activity..

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