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Urban Upgrading

Upgrading Proposal for La Esperanza, Zihuatanejo, Mexico

Recording existing conditions
Recording existing conditions 

The study is based on a survey conducted during the summer of 1995, which includes socio-economic and physical data regarding the conditions of La Esperanza. With the understanding that conditions vary from one informal settlement to another, this report will attempt to present alternatives that focus on this particular community, but at the same time keeping some key elements open to the possibility of replication in other areas. The objectives of this report are : to study the potentials of upgrading as it is applied to a "squatter settlement"; to evaluate and discuss the previous approaches and techniques of upgrading; and to assess the viability of upgrading in terms of its replicability and sustainability.