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Emily E Straus explores the history of Compton from its founding in the late nineteenth century to the present, taking on three critical issues which have shaped the Los Angeles suburb: the history of race and educational equity, the relationship between schools and place, and the complicated intersection of schooling and municipal economies. An interesting historical portrait, finds Kerwin Datu.

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Despite growing numbers of international development organisations focused at the municipal level, donors are still reluctant to provide ODA (official development assistance) directly to local governments, a situation which Rowan Fraser argues needs to change.

Five years out from the civil war, Marco Picardi recalls his tour of the capital, where billboards paper over an all-too-common logic of modernisation, eviction, and lack of compensation.

Unlike a wound to the body, the marks left behind a wound to a city may be of the city's own designs, in the form of a memorial. A memorial which Sam Valentine argues is now needed to restore dignity to the act of remembrance.

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A new platform to mobilise the global sense-of-place fraternity

Planning

The unbuilding of informal Buenos Aires, part 3

Drew Reed reports on plans to demolish informal areas in the Argentine capital and replace them with mixed housing and green space projects, and the life of one man at the centre of the struggle against these plans.

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What 5 points teaches us about the creation of public space

The famed warehouse site in Queens, destroyed definitively last year, highlighted precisely how we engage democratically in the creation of public space, especially those that suggest alternative ways of forming a "public".

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  5. Colombo's growth pains

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The Global Urbanist is an online magazine reviewing urban affairs and urban development issues in cities throughout the developed and developing world.

Its readers are drawn from the urban policy and international development sectors, and include urban planners, officers in local, national or international government agencies, civil society leaders, and researchers.

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