The Mixed-use Sidewalk: Vending and property rights in public space

Around the globe, streets and sidewalks in cities are being contested as spaces that should be used for more than transportation. This article challenges our understanding of both property rights and public space by applying a property rights framework to situate sidewalk use debates. It analyzes and maps the sidewalk property regimes of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam through a novel integration of surveying and ethnography. The case illuminates the feasibility of a mixed-use sidewalk that can be shared between various kinds of uses and users. A mixed-use sidewalk that is both cooperative and livable is possible if planners incorporate time into planning space in order to expand the sidewalk’s flexibility and if local society can re-narrate and enforce new legitimacies on the sidewalk.

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Title The Mixed-use Sidewalk: Vending and property rights in public space
Authors Annette M. Kim
Type of Publication
Journal Paper
Journal
Journal of the American Planning Association
Volume
78
Issue
3: 225-238.
Date of Publication
Sep 13, 2012
Publisher
Journal of the American Planning Association

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