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Title: Urbanization

  • Lecture 6 part III
  • Geog 313

How did Latin America to become so urbanized?
  • Urbanization an increase in the percentage and
    number of people living in urban settlements
  • The New towns were founded with three major
  • To expand the empire (Santo Domingo)
  • To exploit the mineral and agricultural wealth of
    the newly-acquired lands (Encomiendas, Buenos
  • To bring Roman Catholicism to the Indians

Urbanization-1500s (Establishment)
  • What was the outcome of these towns?
  • Some of the towns evolved as ports, or points of
    attachment that bounded new lands to Spain and
  • Others became new mining towns (particularly for
    gold and silver)
  • Agricultural towns that supplied food to the
    growing ports, trading centers, and mining towns.
  • Few cities became centers of colonial government,
    notably Mexico City, Lima, and Salvador (Bahia).
  • What is important is that the towns and cities
    established between 1510 and 1600 constitute the
    urban framework of mainland Latin America today.

Urbanization-1600s (Expansion)
  • What were the characteristics of the urban
    development between 1600-1700?
  • Slow growth of existing cities.
  • Urban in-fill as some new towns were created in
    existing urban zones.
  • Movement into frontier areas.

Urbanization-1700s (Reshaping)
  • What were the characteristics of urban
    development in the1700s?
  • Spain made significant changes in the
    administration of the New World.
  • New regional governments were established.
  • Decline of Lima due to new organizations and an
    earthquake in 1746 that killed 16,000 people and
    destroyed the port at Callao.
  • Bogotá and Caracas gained political and economic
  • Buenos Aires became a regional government
    (viceroyalty) center in 1776.
  • Montevideo became an official port on the Cape
    Horn route.

Urbanization-1800s (Independence)
  • What were the characteristics of urban
    development in the 1800s?
  • Transformation be by new technologies.
  • New perceptions of how a city should look and
  • Mimicking European and North American cities such
    as adopting
  • Electric lights,
  • Elevators,
  • Boulevards,
  • Large parks,
  • Improved water and sewer services.
  • Expand of infrastructure and transportation.
  • Horse-draw trams of rails (1870)
  • Electric trolley expand Rio de Janeiro and
    Buenos Aires (1890)

Urbanization-1900s (Chaotic)
  • Latin American cities are decentralized and
  • What are the three major elements of modern Latin
    American metropolis (p. 189-190)?
  • The center City (Plaza)
  • Mature Inner City (Transportation Hub)
  • The City edge (Shantytowns)

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Trends in Urbanization, by Region
Urban Population Percent
Source United Nations, World Urbanization
Prospects The 2001 Revision (medium scenario),
  • World's Largest Cities 1975(Source United
  • 1. Tokyo 19.8 million2. New York 15.9
    million3. Shanghai 11.4 million4. México 11.2
    million5. São Paulo 9.9 million6. Osaka 9.8
    million7. Buenos Aires 9.1 million8. Los
    Angeles 8.9 million9. Paris 8.9 million10.
    Beijing 8.5 million
  • World's Largest Cities 2015
  • (Source United Nations)
  •   1. Tokyo 28.7 million2. Bombay 27.4
    million3. Lagos 24.4 million4. Shanghai 23.4
    million5. Jakarta 21.2 million6. São Paulo
    20.8 million7. Karachi 20.6 million8. Beijing
    19.4 million9. Dhaka 19.0 million10. México
    18.8 million

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An Increase of Urbanization in the Developing
World resulted in
  • Excessive metropolitan areas
  • Creation of slums and squatter settlements
  • Overcrowding in slums and squatter settlements
  • Unemployment and underemployment
  • Poverty
  • Inadequate transportation system
  • Inadequate infrastructure - physical and social
  • Environmental Degradation
  • Migration
  • Westernization vs. Local Culture.
  • Lost of agricultural lands- San Jose, Costa Rica

Characteristics of the third world cities
  • Young population 37 of the inhabitants of
    cities in the developing world are under the age
    of 15. (22 in the developed world)
  • Lack of economic growth
  • High unemployment can hardly keep pace with
    population growth
  • Lack of education Schooling is difficult to keep
  • Less resources in the developing cities
  • Low taxation base lower base must be stretched
    to cover double the portion of young dependents

Mexico City
  • How has Mexico City become the largest city in
    the world?
  • The population began increasing in the 1930s when
    the mortality began declining and the fertility
    rate was constantly increasing.
  • Mexico city has grown as a result of being the
    center of the countrys road and rail network.
  • In the 1960s, it manufactured over 40 percent of
    Mexicos services.
  • The countrys media (television and radio) are
    concentrated in Mexico city influencing
    perception about city life with soap operas and
    t.v. shows.
  • Source (Blouet and Blouet, 2005, p. 260)
    pg. 248-249

Mexico City
  • How has Mexico City become the largest city in
    the world?
  • In the 1940s, instead of supporting subsistence
    agriculture, the government promoted commercial
  • Ex. Instead of growing maize and beans, they
    devoted their lands for strawberries and
  • This created unemployment at high rates both in
    the agriculture and mining. Ex. Zacatecas,
  • Since WWII, there has been a massive migration
    from the rural areas to the Mexico City, border
    towns, industrial towns (Monterrey), and United
  • Government policies were implemented such as
    industrial investment, control of food prices for
    the urban poor, and concentration of such
    services as education and electricity in the
  • In addition, the government also promoted the
    concentration of economic services in the city.

Mexico City
  • How has Mexico City become the largest city in
    the world?
  • In 1977, the city was booming from the oil
    profits. Migrants were coming at a rate of a
    thousand persons a day.
  • The Mexican government compounded the problem by
    abandoning any serious attempts to regulate
    migration and environmental policies.
  • Resulted in Mexico City becoming the most
    polluted city in the world. For example in 1992
    the air quality was so bad that officials were
    forced to close factories and eliminate cars.
  • The boom of the 1970s came to an end in the
    global recession of the 1980s, leaving Mexico
    with one of the highest foreign debts in the
  • No financial resources to maintain its urban
    infrastructures or extend social services to new
  • Contributed to the rise of urban crime.

Mexico City
  • What is the current state of Mexico City?
  • 30 million inhabitants and contains 1/5 of the
    countrys population.
  • Population density is higher than Tokyo, and four
    times those of London.
  • Is considered the largest city in the world.

Border Towns
  • Why is the most rapid urban growth in Latin
    America taking place along the US-Mexico border?
  • The border towns of Tijuana, Mexicali, Nogales,
    Ciudad Juarez, Nueva Laredo, and Matamarros had a
    population of 30,000 in 1990 and 3 million by
  • Why are the border towns so interlinked with the
  • - Dependence on U.S. markets
  • - Tourism
  • - Employment- Bracero program in 1942-1964
  • - Culturally
  • - Physically

Border Towns
  • What were the origins of the border towns? (pg.
    195, 228)
  • Ciudad Juarez as a mission.
  • Matamarros a mission that became a refugee for
    blacks escaping slavery.
  • Nueva Laredo founded by Mexican Nationals that
    moved south after the 1848 treaty.
  • Nogales evolved as a railroad and market town.
  • Mexicali founded by the U.S. interest as a
    consequence of an irrigation system.
  • Tijuana as a ranch settlement.

Border Towns
  • What are the maquiladoras?
  • In 1965, duty free maquiladora zones were
    established to attract foreign industries to
    Mexico after the Bracero program ended.
  • Maquilas were only allowed to be established 20
    km from the border.
  • But by 1972, they could be located anywhere in
    Mexico except in Mexico City.
  • Most maquilas are electronic firms, clothing
    manufacturers, and furniture making industries.

Border Towns
  • What are the problems facing border towns?
  • - Environmental degradation
  • - inadequate infrastructure
  • - housing crisis
  • - over population
  • - illegal migration to the U.S.
  • - Crime
  • - Drug activity
  • - low paying jobs
  • - taking advantage of women workers.

Growing Population
  • What are the ramifications of a growing
  • Difficulty in maintaining its agricultural
  • Exports would have to be curtailed.
  • Imports of consumer products will increase at the
    expense of capital goods.
  • Less foreign investment.
  • Less per capital income.
  • Higher dependency ratio (population between 0-14)
  • Lack of Housing.
  • Any other????????

What are the problems of Latin American Cities?
  • Unemployment.
  • Growing informal sector that does not pay taxes.
  • Crime.
  • Housing crisis.
  • Inadequate infrastructure.
  • Environmental degradation.
  • Fragile economies.
  • Corrupt and incompetent federal, state, and local
  • Growing gap between rich and poor.
  • Eroding middle class.
  • Growing consumption of natural resources (oil,
    gasoline, firewood)
  • Growing shantytowns around the periphery of the

Has the gap between rich and poor increased?
  • 80 of the of the worlds population lives in 20
    of the worlds income.
  • What does this mean?
  • It is estimated that it would take approximately
    100 years of constant growth at rates higher than
    those now experienced by industrialized states
    just to reach current American income levels.

World Population Living on 2 or less Day
What Are The Causes of Inequality?
  • Colonization and its legacy
  • The structure of the World economy (import and
  • Increasing of globalization of the economy
  • Overpopulation in the developing country
  • Ineffective and detrimental government policies
    or decisions.
  • Political and economic instability.
  • Natural disasters.

How Do We Narrow the Gap?
  • Education and Family Planning.
  • Change of Governements that are more
    representative and just.
  • Sharing technology-crops, medicine, food, etc.
  • Formation of a trading block of developing
  • Debt reduction
  • Social and economic reforms by developing country
  • Reward system of aid.

Squatter Settlements
  • Squatter housing accounts for 1/3 of total urban
    population in developing countries.
  • Mexico city squatters exceed 4 million people.
  • 15 growth a year (doubling in size every 6
  • Lack of government support in housing,
    infrastructure, and public services.
  • Removing squatters result in higher unemployment
    rates of this population because of the increase
    in transportation costs. This problem is
    particularly faced by women.
  • In summary, poverty is excessive.

Forecasts for squatters
  • The total number of squatter-dwellers in the
    world increased by about 36 during the 1990s.
  • In the next 30 years, the global number of
    squatter-dwellers will increase to about two
    billion if no action to address the challenge of
    slums is taken.

Urban Poverty
  • Some 43 of the urban population of all
    developing regions combined live in substandard
  • Some 78.2 of the urban population in the
    developing countries live in substandard housing
  • Some 6 of the urban population in developed
    regions live in slum-like conditions.

In numbers
  • Asia has about 550 million people living in
    slums/squatters, followed by Africa with 187
    million, and Latin America and the Caribbean with
    128 million.
  • While slums have largely disappeared in developed
    countries, the report still found that there were
    approximately 54 million urban dwellers in
    high-income countries living in slum-like

According to an unpublished UNICEF report
  • It is estimated that by the year 2000
  • 90 of the poor in Latin America will live in
    urban areas, with 40 in Africa, and 45 in Asia.
  • 74.3 million households will live in poverty as
    compared to 33.5 million households in 1975 - a
    220 increase.
  • In 1960 the ratio of the richest 20 to the
    poorest was 30 1 today it is 601 with 25 of
    the world's population controlling an excess of
    85 of the world's industries and consuming 80
    of its energy supplies.

Urban poverty by region
  • Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rate of
    slum-dwellers with 72 per cent of the urban
    population living in slums,
  • South Central Asia with 59,
  • East Asia with 36,
  • Western Asia with 33, and
  • Latin America and the Caribbean with 32
  • Asia accounts for some 60 of the worlds urban
    slum residents.

  • Pick a Latin American city
  • When was the city established?
  • What was its function?
  • How it evolved?
  • What was the population change?
  • Look at pages 170, 176, 178, 188
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