Two Weeks in Photos

Accra, Bangkok, Chennai, Lima, Manila, Nairobi | 07/05/2013 11:03am
Informal City Dialogues

Urban gardeners in Manila. Photo credit: Purple Romero

Over the past two weeks, our bloggers perused obscure DVDs in Lima, visited an informal school in Nairobi and checked out urban gardens in Manila. Here are some of the pictures they took along the way.


The owner of a stall selling rare DVDs in Lima. One of a handfull of stalls tucked away in an illegal mall, these shops have become an international destination for film buffs.

Photo credit: Manuel Vigo

The Langka River in Banaba, a section of Manila that floods during monsoons. Volunteer rescuers must leave their families behind when responding to these disasters.

Photo credit: Purple Romero

Separating two districts in Lima, this hill is often climbed by commuters moving between the two areas. But the mayor of the wealthier district wants to build a fence across the top, which will increase commute times significantly.

Photo credit: Manuel Vigo

James chows down on some lunch. A student at an informal school in Nairobi, his daily classes have continued even as teachers at the city’s formal schools have gone on strike.

Photo credit: Jason Patinkin

Garbage collects among newly planted mangroves in Manila. The mangroves are part of an urban gardening initiative that also doubles as a savings bank for those who can’t access the formal banking system.

Photo credit: Purple Romero