Using the case study of Soacha, a municipality adjacent to Bogotá, Colombia’s capital city, the authors explore the evolution of vulnerable populations in peripheral informal settlements in parallel with the development of transport networks in the decade 2000-2010. Drawing on the splintering urbanism thesis they examine the apparent mismatch between the evolution of informal settlements and transport networks with the aim of identifying the effects of an uneven provision of material infrastructures and services for mobility on marginalization. They observe central elements in the structure of the networks of connectivity between Bogotá and Soacha, identifying the main gaps that lead to a fragmented set of connections. They develop a set of criteria for planners and policy makers in search of a better informed analysis of transport supply and policy development praxis for poor peripheral populations in similar regions and contexts.
Oviedo, D. Transport, Urban Development and the Peripheral Poor in Colombia - Placing Splintering Urbanism in the Context of Transport Networks. (2013) 18 pp.