Public Transport and the Informal Sector: Competing Visions of Bogotá's Future

Public Transport and the Informal Sector: Competing Visions of Bogotá's Future

The people in Bogota’s informal sector and the city government have clashing visions of how informal commerce should play out on public transport and in public spaces. Photo by Nathan Gibbs/Flickr. There is an entire ecosystem of informal commerce along Bogotá, Colombia’s streets. Some vendors sit at traffic signals or bus stops, waiting for a bus that’s not too full and not too empty . When they spot a good candidate, they expertly hop on, sometimes slipping through closing doors or onto an already moving vehicle. Once securely on board, they are much like actors on stage as they hawk their products, which range from fruit and cell phone minutes to toys and toothbrushes. They repeat this process 30 to 40 times per day . Meanwhile, outside on the city’s streets, other informal vendors flock to places where foot traffic is high, or cluster around transport hubs. Between 120...

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