English_Master February 2, 2016 No Comments
ARE SLUMS THE FUTURE OF THE CITY Forget about Utopia or even the dystopian Los Angeles depicted in Blade Runner. The future of the city is a vast Third World slum. This year, the world will pass a milestone so profoundly significant that 2007 will become a touchstone for future his­torians. For the first time, more people will be living in cities than in the country. The individual who tips the scales might be a baby born to a city dweller or an adult migrating from the countryside, but in either case, it’s likely that his or her new surroundings will include flimsy walls, disease and an enveloping stench of sewage and trash. The newcomer will have arrived in a Third World slum. By 2030, an estimated 5 billion of the world’s B.I bil­lion people will live in cities; About 2 billion of them will live in slums, primarily in Africa and Asia, lacking access to clean drinking water and working toilets, surrounded by des­peration and crime. Already these slums are huge. According to Mike Davis, author of Planet of Slums, nearly 80% of Ni­geria’s urban population, or some 41.6 million people, live in slums. The comparable numbers in India are 56% and 15B.4 million. Many of these slum...
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