Category: Dharavi

Dharavi: While the ice cream cone melts

30 October, 2009 (09:54) | Capital markets, Development, Dharavi, Global news, India, Slums, Speculation |

Did you ever fight with your sibling over who got the ice cream cone, only to see it splatter onto the sidewalk?   Who ordered the large?   That’s the sinking feeling probably being experienced by the government public-private team trying to recruit developers into their Herculean effort to redevelop Mumbai’s Dharavi slum, as the […]

The challenge and opportunity of slums: Part 2, the opportunities

27 March, 2009 (09:35) | Cities, Demographics, Dharavi, India, Kenya, Kibera, Policy, Slums | 1 comment

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   Yesterday’s post covered half of my little talk – the challenges part – on the Infrastructure and Real Estate panel at Harvard Business School‘s 2009 India Conference, one of the largest student-run events in the country, attracting several hundred people.    “So far out there I can’t be contained […]

The challenge and opportunity of slums: Part 1, the challenges

26 March, 2009 (09:56) | Cities, Demographics, Dharavi, India, Kenya, Kibera, Policy, Slums |

In mid-March, I had the scintillating experience of participating on a panel in Infrastructure and Real Estate at Harvard Business School‘s 2009 India Conference, one of the largest student-run events in the country, attracting several hundred people.    “Who knew slums could be funny?”   My fellow panelists were:   Abha Joshi-Ghani, Urban Sector Manager […]

Profile of a slum: Dharavi, Part 3

30 January, 2008 (09:57) | Dharavi, Ecosystem, Slums, Theory | 1 comment

Yesterday’s post commenting on the Economist‘s lengthy year-end article about Dharavi (Asia‘s largest slum) had reached the point of asking, how can one bankrupt a slumlord?  It takes the output from the government factory: laws and money.    It has become safer for two main reasons.   Laws. [1] One is that in 1976 the […]

Profile of a slum: Dharavi, Part 2

29 January, 2008 (12:22) | Dharavi, Ecosystem, Slums, Theory | 2 comments

As begun in yesterday’s post, the Economist‘s lengthy year-end article about Dharavi (Asia’s largest slum) vividly and sympathetically show us life for Mumbai’s poor, and also illustrates so many of the principles about which I’ve previously posted. Slums are where housing has outrun public infrastructure, and since there ain’t no such thing as free infrastructure, […]