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The Haiti ExceptionAnthropology and the Predicaments of Narrative$
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Alessandra Benedicty-Kokken, Jhon Picard Byron, Kaiama L. Glover, Mark Schuller, Mark Schuller, and Jhon Picard Byron

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781781382998

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781382998.001.0001

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Urban Poetics

Urban Poetics

(p.177) Urban Poetics
The Haiti Exception

Michèle Duvivier Pierre-Louis

Liverpool University Press

This chapter asks why an urban policy could not be developed in Haiti following the January 2010 earthquake despite the fact that the disaster was the perfect opportunity to do so. It considers how the people of Port-au-Prince imagined their relationship to the place after the earthquake and issues a call to ‘build Haiti back better’. The chapter first provides a historical overview of Port-au-Prince and describes a project of urban renewal in two marginal neighbourhoods, Martissant and Baillergeau. It then proposes an audaciously inclusive city that it asserts can only be realized if the people of Port-au-Prince will face one another, talk, debate, argue, do away with their old demons and reclaim their common ground. The chapter also addresses the question of urbanization in the context of the evolving relationship between the city and the countryside beyond the antiquated concept of dichotomy.

Keywords:   urban policy, Haiti, earthquake, Port-au-Prince, urban renewal, Martissant, Baillergeau, urbanization, countryside

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