The challenges of urban development impose the need to develop public policies that help to guarantee the so-called “Right to the City” as an expression of a collective desire for a more just, inclusive and democratic city.
Although it seems to me, we are not in the presence of a consolidated process of ” gentrification “, but in its incipient case (more similar to “ turistification “), the fact is that the increase in the demand for real estate for uses, primarily, multifamily and commercial, finds suppliers of this type of goods that, based on the current regulation, develop their business activities protected by the freedom of business that our Constitution postulates.
The dynamics of the real estate market encourages the municipal administration to review and adjust the adequacy of public services so as not to inhibit the investment and so that once it is carried out and that housing consumers acquire their property, they find a city that provides services in an affordable manner.
The traditional right to decent housing with all its constitutional manifestations is seen, now, transformed or complemented with the right to the city. This imposes a need for transformative collective action on the common urban space, on the agora (that space that in ancient Greece constituted the goods of common use).
From the financial point of view, our law has been incorporating tools that allow entrepreneurs to obtain leverage to satisfy the exponential growth of demand, particularly accentuated since the opening of the Mazatlán-Durango highway, as it can be through the called SAPI’so of the collaborative economy or crowdfunding.
These processes of demand-offer, real estate development, monitoring of public investment and rational use of the environment are accompanied by reconciling the interests of sectors of the population that, in the case of gentrification, are displaced by a new wave of residents with other economic capacities and perhaps with other sociocultural parameters.
The use of streets, avenues, and parks that have had certain peculiarities, begin to transform as has happened in cities of other cities in Latin America and Europe, where city habits are drawn around the taste for walking the cities, the use of the ridges and parks for the coexistence of friends, families or the accompaniment of pets, the presence of local restaurants with local chefs, artists and innovative shops that also meet the demands of these new market niches.
In short, if Mazatlan is of citizenship, we better design good laws, intelligently designed to reconcile eventual interests in conflicts and channel the needs of real estate demand in an appropriate manner. It will not be that other destinations do know how to do the task and we will see how the opportunity happened before our eyes.
The creation of jobs, the welfare of families and the peace and tranquility of the neighborhoods, neighborhoods, and subdivisions are not elements that naturally must enter into conflict. Citizens must, together, build agreements and achieve order. The authorities have to be professionals and have the foresight to accompany the citizens.
By Dr. Fernando García Sais
The Mazatlan Post