1. Fieldnotes, March 16, 2007.
1. The Fire
1. The municipal government consists of two principal entities: The Consejo Mu-
nicipal (City Council) and the Alcaldía (Mayor’s Oﬃce). The Consejo Municipal makes
laws and ordinances that the Alcaldía is responsible for enforcing; they share respon-
sibility for the management of the city, though the Consejo Municipal holds ﬁduciary
responsibility over the Alcaldía. For the reader’s con venience, I follow local usage and
conflate these two oﬃces, referring generally to “the Alcaldía.”
2. I follow J. K. Gibson- Graham in the usage “Majority World”: see J. K. Gibson-
Graham, “Diverse Economies: Performative Practices for ‘Other Worlds,’ ” Progress in
Human Geography 32, no. 5 (2008): 613–32. The term “Third World” implicitly subordi-
nates a vast slice of land and people to the “First World,” despite the fact that those so
subordinated constitute the majority of the world’s population.
3. International Labor Oﬃce, Women and Men in the Informal Economy: A Statistical Pic-
ture (Geneva: International Labor Oﬃce, 2002).
4. Karen Tranberg Hansen, Walter E. Little, and Lynne B. Milgram, Street Economies
in the Urban Global South (Santa Fe, NM: School of Advanced Research Press, 2013).
5. David Harvey, Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution (London: