LED 2016 Group F Landscape Democracy Challenge 3

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The Stalls of the “Wehdat” camp in Amman


Place name Stalls of the “wehdat” camp
Location Wehdat, Amman
Country Jordan
Author(s) Ibrahim almardini
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Rationale: Why have you chosen this case for the landscape and democracy seminar?

  • Wehdat refugees camp is the biggest, most lively and active camp in Jordan with over 300,000 refugees in it. And many of these refugees have no work or education, so they have decided to work on stalls, by selling whatever they can. School notebooks, clothes or vegetables… you name it! This “stalls trading “is a habit spread all over the country and the case of Wehdat is taken into consideration just because it is getting too massive. Recently, a huge riot had happened there, because the authorities have taken action towards this irrational growth of work. It is considered illegal as they pay no taxes over their stalls and also they violate the street because they only need the side walk to show their products. It is a double edge sword; on one hand, they offer cheaper products and on the other, they harm the society with their noise, illegal work and lack of appreciation to others.

Representation of your observations

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  • possibilities are: analytical drawings, graphical representations, collages, video clips, comic/graphic novel, written essay/visual essay
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Reflection

What are the major challenges for changing the situation?

  • This problem is not only an uban planning failure; it also shows lack of understanding by the government to the public. Of what I can see, you have two ends of this line of problems and if you fix both, everything would go in order. From the community side, these layer of people should understand that what they do does not completely work with the flow of development because they harm the side of shops, then they would collide with each other and that would back fire at them and they would lose their source of income (such as what has happened recently). And from the government side, they have not given some better solutions for that layer to have a regular income that can provide a decent life; they have not provided the space (at least) for them to work in.

What could be a starting point for democractically-based change?

  • The solution for such a problem as explained before would come on the basis of partnership between the authorities and the public, Between the providers and the consumers and last but not least, between the shop owners and the stall owners. To start the action by the government (which was throwing them out of their work) was clearly not the solution, as it would result with more unemployment. The ladder of citizenship would be a decent solution as a start; people from that zone have a better relation between each other more than the relation between the government and them. Not because the government is far from the society, but simply because they all come from the same base, so they all know their own backgrounds, their problems and aims. If the society was given the chance to try and have a common ground, they might come up into a more flexible solution, such as time schedules (for example). The government role in this, would be a supervision that would make sure that everyone is equal and satisfied with those rules or decisions that are put by themselves.

References


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