Market Urbanism Around the World
Catalyst’s Market Urbanism Around the World series follows Market Urbanism specialist Scott Beyer’s tour of the “global south” and catalogs economic development across Latin America, Africa and Asia. Scott Beyer is a Catalyst Columnist Fellow and the owner of the Market Urbanism Report, a media company that advances free-market city policy. He is also an urban affairs journalist who writes regular columns for Forbes, Governing Magazine, HousingOnline.com, and Catalyst. Follow him on Twitter: @marketurbanist.
The Dilemma of Third World Banking
Government banking monopolies have led to an oppressive status quo of inflation, high fees and surveillance of funds. Can the private sector disrupt this?
India’s Urban “Honking Culture”
Drivers in India, like much of the Third World, use horns to navigate hazardous, crowded roads. Should anything be done about it?
The Modernization of Arabia
The wealthy, oil-rich countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council pursue economic openness and extreme growth to diversify beyond energy.
The Rise of African Telecom
Rapid expansion of fiber, satellite, and mobile technology are improving day-to-day life in Africa - much of it thanks to private investment.
Central Africa’s Singapore
Rwanda - namely its capital city Kigali - shows another case of the upsides versus downsides of authoritarian rule.
The Emergent Urbanism Of Nairobi
The city’s working-class areas show the urban typologies that fill in assuming strong market demand and limited government oversight.
Makoko: The City on Stilts
The Nigerian fishing village is a place of danger but also entrepreneurial spirit and governing autonomy.
Africa’s Free-Market Bus Systems
Entrepreneurs, not government, provide this crucial service. Yet the difference between systems in Kenya vs. South Africa shows the service diversity throughout the continent.
The Agrarian Urbanism of Africa
The informal, small-scale commerce that dominates African cities is enabled by farming and other agrarian activity that happens within cities themselves.
The Darien Gap Tragedy
The one unclosed gap in the route from North to South America is hazardous and economically costly.
Honduras’ Charter City Experiment
The ZEDE law passed by the impoverished Central American nation can become a model for the charter city movement, but only if not upended by a hostile government.