Urban Growth Management for Mobility: The Case of the Santiago, Chile Metropolitan Region

MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning

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Date Published 2000
Primary Author Christopher Zegras
Other Authors Ralph Gakenheimer
Theme Housing Finance Subsidies, Housing Finance and the Economy, Neighborhood Upgrading
Country Chile


In an attempt to clarify the challenges to and potentials for growth management in a developing country context, this paper looks at the case of the Santiago de Chile, metropolitan area. Chile is a middle income developing country which has enjoyed relatively strong economic growth for the past fifteen years. Santiago, Chile’s capital, concentrates a large share of the nation’s population and economic activity and has undergone continuous urban expansion. The city has a suite of growth management policies and instruments in place – both regulatory and financial – with a number of innovative tools recently coming to the fore in response to new urban growth challenges.

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