Spatial transformations in Mercedes (Uruguay): representation of industrial agriculture growth and informal settlements.

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2010-01-01
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Lopez Barrera, Maria
Lopez Barrera, Maria
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Marwan Ghandour
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Using Lefebvre's theory of space, this study describes the interaction between landscape transformations and the increasing financial investments from agriculture industries in Mercedes, Uruguay. I gathered secondary data and produced analytical maps to understand the recent changes produced in the urban- rural space of Mercedes. I also had informal conversations with local and national government staff about plans and policies. The interaction between plans, policies, and foreign investments related to industrial agriculture and social mobility has created new orders and spaces in the city. The most vulnerable sectors of the society have not benefited from these new orders in space. Capital has increased the fragmentation of space between the inner city and the periphery and/or informal settlements. Recommendations center on how governmental institutions can develop new policies and regulations to improve and change critical aspects of Mercedes' growth.

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