Robert Neuwirth lived in shanty towns across the developing world to write Shadow Cities: A Billion Squatters, a New Urban World, arguing that squatting is an ancient and legitimate form of urban development. This work was supported in part by a research and writing grant from the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He has written for The Nation, Fortune, The New York Times, The Washington Post, New York, The Village Voice, and Wired. Neuwirth has worked as a business, political, and investigative reporter for a variety of periodicals and television stations, and is currently working on a book about the global reach of informal economy.





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