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This chapter traces the mobilization of “community” as redistributive practice in Cairo. Focusing on the Ismailia Consortium's project in Wust El-Balad and the Aga Khan Foundation's project in Darb El-Ahmar, it shows how actors are mobilizing a particularistic understanding of “community” to corner real estate markets for a luxury clientele on one end and secure affordable housing on the other. The chapter unpacks how intricate urban design as well as urban cultural and commercial movements are mobilized to engineer “community” in each neighborhood and the politics and contradictions of treating a slippery and layered notion like “community” as an identifiable object of intervention.

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