Is Our Urban Realm is Turning into a Big Slum?
Despite poor habitats in cities, people are moving to urban areas for ‘opportunity’ without seeing real benefits. Such is the disillusionment with rural (read agricultural) lives! How will this play out?
We’re not just talking about poor people living in classic shantytowns on the peripheries of Global South cities, but living on rooftops, in filled-in airwells in the centre of buildings; in cages of wire netting erected to protect their few belongings; on pavements; in former graveyards (>1 million people in Cairo); on swamps, floodplains, volcano slopes, unstable hillsides, rubbish mountains, chemical dumps, railroad sidings, desert fringes……
–The new urban precariat (as opposed to proletariat)
According to UN,there will be, nearly 5 billion urban dwellers in year 2030 .sixty percent people will live in cities .Biggest increase will be in Asia and Africa – poorest, least-urbanised, least able to cope .
By 2017: nearly 500 cities ofwill be of million plus population.
By 2025, 8 cities 20m+ – Tokyo, Mumbai, Manila, Dhaka, São Paulo, Mexico City, New York, and Kolkata.
In 2005 the number of slum dwellers worldwide…
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