March 22, 2006

Slum Ecology

Posted in articles at 7:39 am by Aditi Sriram

Mike Davis writes for the The Orion Magazine about how the international economic policies that decimated rural infrastructures worldwide have driven hundreds of millions of the poor to already teeming cities.

The article begins

A villa miseria outside Buenos Aires may have the worst feng shui in the world: it is built in a flood zone over a former lake, a toxic dump, and a cemetery. Then there’s the barrio perched precariously on stilts over the excrement-clogged Pasig River in Manila, and the bustee in Vijayawada that floods so regularly that residents have door numbers written on pieces of furniture. In slums the world over, squatters trade safety and health for a few square meters of land and some security of tenure. They are pioneers of swamps, floodplains, volcano slopes, unstable hillsides, desert fringes, railroad sidings, rubbish mountains, and chemical dumps—unattractive and dangerous sites that have become poverty’s niche in the ecology of the city…

Read the rest here.


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