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Austin Meeting 2009

Low Income Housing and Urban Renovation in the First Suburbs: Latin America and the USA Compared. 




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Day 1:  Thinking about Innerburbs in the Americas: Their Definition, Dynamics, and Land Use Challenges.   (In English)

Session 1.

8:30-9:45.  Thompson Center 2.120
a) Keynote1: “Thinking about America’s First Suburbs”  -- Robert Lang,(Director, Metropolitan Policy Program, Virginia Polytechnic Institute)
b) “Thinking about Latin America’s First Suburbs” – Peter Ward, UT-Austin.

Session 2:

10:00-12:00. Defining and Depicting the Innerburbs.

  • PRP student presentations: Defining the “Donut”: Texas and Monterrey Compared.  (40 mins including 10 for discussion)
  • PRP student presentations: Austin and Monterrey – The nature of the innerburbs in comparative perspective: (planning and land uses; social and community development; transportation; housing characteristics)

Austin & survey settlement(s). (30 minutes max)
Monterrey & survey settlements (30 minutes max)
Dr Lang will also be offering a lunchtime talk “The New Metropolitics” in the Student Lounge of the LBJ School for those who wish to attend.


  • Latin American Innerburbs in Comparative Perspective – various mini presentations & reports on regional constructions of the innerburbs: (5 mins –max 3 slides each) by project personnel (Bogotá; Buenos Aires; Lima; Guatemala; Guadalajara; Mexico City; Monterrey; Recife, Santiago)


Session 3:

2:15 ­– 3:45. Migration Patterns: Immigration and Mobility in the Innerburbs.

Session 4:

4:00 – 5:15. Social Problems of the Innerburbs


Days 2 & 3.  Regional Participants and PRP Students

Tuesday 21st April.  Room 2.110 (different from Day 1)

Session 5:

8:45-12:35.  Presentations from Latin America: First Cut Findings from our Surveys:

8:45-9:45.Phase 1 surveys. Restudy Findings (Brief Review of Bogotá; Mexico City and Guatemala) including brief review of “Inheritance scenarios in Mexico’s Consolidated Settlements” (Erika Grajeda & Peter Ward which will be circulated in advance).

10:00-11:30 Phase 2. Surveys: Progress Reports and Early Findings from Settlement Surveys
              Buenos Aires

11:35-12:35: Updates/Progress reports (10 minutes each):


Session 6.

1:30-2:45.  Policy Making Imperatives for the Innerburbs: Brainstorming of Policy Initiatives (from Day 1). 

Policy Arenas for Equitable Development and Redevelopment of the Innerburbs. Brief lead presentations from PRP graduate students:
       Planning and Land Use Policies
       Community Development and Social Policy
       Transportation Policies


Session 7

3:00-5:30. Housing Policy Issues and Imperatives for the Innerburbs:
Initial policy approaches across the following areas:

  • Accessing housing equity & market performance
  • In situ lot organization and physical rehab
  • Densification and De-densification
  • Dealing with Inheritance and Sucesión
  • Renting and Sharing
  • Appropriate codes and norms
  • Financing Policies for rehab.


Wednesday 22nd. a.m.   Room 3.122.
Regional Participants (primarily).
Next Steps; Phase III & Regional Network Logistics.

Session 8.

8:45 – 10:15.  “Interesting Case Studies: Methodology” 

    • Report on First Applications (Guadalajara)
    • Plans for Monterrey and Buenos Aires

Session 9.

10:30 -12:30.  Data storage and uploads – report and proposals
              Viewing the Website (in construction – Wenjie Zhang)

Wrap-up (over lunch through 2:30pm [latest]).
Next steps
Arrangements for LASA meeting (Rio in June)
Buenos Aires Regional Meeting (October: goals and commitments)