The Abassa Alakoro Market in Lagos, Nigeria. If Max Weber was right that "the 'city' is a market place," then Lagos is the absolute definition of a city--and the informal economy is what made it that way.
These shoe merchants were selling in the open air before they seized this space underneath the Eko Bridge on Lagos Island. "Nobody was coming to this place before we came," says Chuzzy Gabriel, vice president of the market association. "We are the people who made this place like it is."