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Everyone has heard of the world’s most famous slums: Hell’s Kitchen, Skid Row, most of
Detroit, etc. But there are slums everywhere, even in the last places you would expect to find
urban decay. Sometimes, the causes of the deplorable conditions found there are also

Vancouver, British Columbia’s Downtown Eastside


Consistently voted one of the world’s best cities to live in by travel magazines, Vancouver is
known for its scenic views and beautiful architecture. Just east of Main Street, however, lies
one of the very worst examples of urban squalor in the modern day.
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The downtown eastside is the poorest urban postal code in all of Canada. It’s home to
thousands of drug addicts, many of whom are HIV-positive. Weirdly enough, many of those
afflicted with the deadly disease are huddled within an 18-block radius. Hepatitis C cases are
also too numerous to count. The thriving Hastings Street Market, where stolen goods are
openly sold, operates along the main drag.

Theft, prostitution, murder, and mental illness plague the district, and the homeless and
disenfranchised can be found everywhere within the blighted area. The infamous Robert
Pickton found most of his victims in this area, as the transient nature of its population made
them easy targets.

Despite massive efforts at renewal and clean-up over the years, conditions on the eastside
only seem to get worse. Many continue to fall into the drug-riddled lifestyle surrounding them,
only to disappear within a few years and never be heard from again. An excellent documentary
about the truly horrific conditions of the downtown eastside called Pain and Wastings was
made in 2008.

Canada Real, Madrid


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Over 16 kilometers in length, Canada Real Galiana is Europe’s largest shantytown, home to
over 30,000 people. Situated right next to Madrid’s garbage incineration site, the area’s
residents can often be seen picking through the refuse to scrounge up usable goods to resell or
use themselves.

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Most of the homes in the area were built by the residents themselves, often from whatever
scraps of wood and metal they could find within the desolation. The area is Spain’s drug
capital, and a busy stretch of the only paved road is known as a “shooting gallery,” where all
sorts of illegal substances can be bought. The people who have the misfortune to call this area
home are trapped, receiving no assistance and no official recognition from their government.

Spanish authorities have even taken steps to demolish the area entirely, knocking down the
homes of people who have known no other way of life. Left with no resources and nowhere to
go, these people simply raid the demolition sites where the scraps of their previous homes are
dumped and rebuild what was torn down. Should they have no luck, they are often left to squat
in the hole in the ground where their home once was.

Local social workers often try to help the residents but have to do so on their own time and
with little notice, as the area is essentially “no man’s land” in the eyes of the government. Only
a few dozen people try to reach out to the families of this slum, and due to its bulging
population, help is scarce indeed. For now, the area is seen only as a problem to be concealed if
not eradicated.

Colonias in Texas

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Found in various parts of Texas and the American Southwest, the communities that form the
sprawling shantytowns known as colonias consist mainly of Hispanic people. Some have come
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from Mexico to America seeking a better life, while others have been born in the colonias and
know nothing else of the outside world. Just under 2,300 of these makeshift communities exist
along the border and around the state, home to an estimated 500,000 people. Since the
majority of those who live in these communities are undocumented residents and transient in
nature, getting an official headcount is nearly impossible.

Most of these communities sprang up in the 1950s, rising from plots of land that were sold to
desperate immigrants looking for a better life. For the most part, these poor communities
remain as they were initially formed: shantytowns with no real infrastructure. In some
communities, well-built homes equipped with running water and electricity can be found, but
this type of dwelling is still very rare. The residents eke out meager livings as farm laborers or
construction hands.

To their credit, the American government and legislators in Texas have both proposed laws
protecting these communities and provided them with resources. Unfortunately, the
overwhelming scale of the task and complications of carrying it out still prove challenging.

Mahwa Aser, Yemen


Photo credit: Mathieu Genon

Found next to Sana’a, the capital city of Yemen, the area known as Mahwa Aser is one of the
poorest and most dangerous on Earth. Home to the Akhdam, a people of African descent who
are treated as second-class citizens in Yemeni society, the area serves almost as a prison to its
17,000 residents. They are barred from all civil service in Yemen, cannot vote, and have almost
no rights.

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This leaves them trapped in conditions few Westerners could even imagine. There is no
sewage system, electricity, arable land, or real infrastructure in the area, and they are left to
either beg for whatever the goodwill of their fellow man will provide or work as street cleaners
in the nearby capital.

During the famous “Arab Spring” that swept across the Middle East and North Africa in recent
years, the Akhdam people took advantage of the spirit of the times to stage a number of
strikes and protests, only to face the full might of Yemen’s military. Hundreds of protestors
were killed by military forces, and it was only after a massive strike by the street cleaners that
some concessions were made by the government to build infrastructure and homes in the

Unfortunately, not much was done to permanently change the slum’s conditions. To this day,
an entire ethnic group of people, unknown to almost everyone in the outside world, faces not
only endless squalor but the continued wrath of their own government.

The Cage Slums Of Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong's Cage Men

Sometimes, living in poverty can feel like a prison, but there are people in this world who live in

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literal cages. Amazingly, they can be found in Hong Kong, one of China’s most prosperous

An estimated 200,000 people live in such conditions in the city. Some of the cages are stacked
on top of each other, 10 cages high or more. Some of the people who call these places home
have lived there for decades, and some were even born into the lifestyle. Life within these
homes offers no protection from the weather, no sense of privacy, and a constant atmosphere
of noise and pollution.

A small step up from the “cage homes” are the “coffin homes,” which are little more than
sleeping spaces hollowed out from a building’s walls, where 25 or more people may live. Those
who dwell in cage or coffin homes may see themselves as the lucky ones in the Hong Kong
slums. Those who cannot afford a home of any kind are forced to sleep under bridges or
directly on the streets.

For decades, the situation of these slums has only gotten worse, thanks to inadequate social
systems, high real estate prices in the extremely crowded city, and the unscrupulous landlords
who are willing to rent unsuitable living spaces to the desperate and needy. The list of
applicants for subsidized housing numbers in the hundreds of thousands, many of whom die
from their horrible living conditions before they get the opportunity to live a normal life.
Unfortunately, the problem of poverty in Hong Kong is now so massive, with more and more
impoverished new residents moving in every day, that there seems to be no solution.

City Of The Dead, Cairo


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Unbelievable in modern times, an actual necropolis exists in Egypt, known as the “City of the
Dead.” Known to have existed for over 700 years, Cairo is so overcrowded that about 500,000 of
its 18 million residents are forced to live among the tombs of their ancestors. The number of
dead “residents,” an estimated one million tombs within an area spanning 6.5 kilometers (4
mi), is also staggering.

The houses themselves appear almost normal, with kitchens, courtyards, and even gardens. In
the tombs, men and women are buried separately, each grave simply covered with a stone
slab. However, electricity is rare, there is virtually no police force or security of any kind, and the
streets connecting the various homes are unpaved and confusing. Crime is rampant, and many
residents live among the dead illegally, though the Egyptian government does very little to
enforce property laws.

The future of the people living this modern-day city of the dead remains uncertain. The
Egyptian government is taking steps to relocate its residents, but since real estate is so
expensive in Cairo and accurately recording and tracking the slum’s residents is tricky, the task
seems nearly impossible. For now, steps to provide more of the residents with running water
and electricity seem to be the only positive action that the government is able to take.

The Tent Cities Of Seattle, Washington


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Tent cities spring up all over from time to time, but in Seattle—especially in an area known as
“Nickelsville”—they seem to be a permanent fixture. Around 275 people call these makeshift
communities home, not counting the hundreds more who “camp out” each night only to pull up
their stakes and disappear the next morning. Whether permanent or temporary, all of the
residents are poor and most are unskilled, with little in the way of job prospects or hope of a
better life.

In the 1970s, a series of tragic fires led to the closure of several complexes of cheap and secure
housing units known as “SROs” (Single Room Occupancy), which forced many of Seattle’s less
fortunate onto the streets. This new breed of Seattle’s homeless are forced to live in constant
fear of arrest for illegally camping. The only solution they had was tent cities, in which an
individual can pack up and move on if needed in less than one minute. Safety and security are
minimal within these places, and electricity and sanitation are nonexistent. The people who
call these places home live hand to mouth, sometimes even hunting local wildlife for food.

It seems the residents of these dwellings have little hope for improvement, at least for now.
Seattle came up with a 10-year plan to eliminate homelessness within the city over a decade
ago, obviously to little effect, and police within the city mostly treat tent city residents as
criminals. Fortunately, some members of the public have been kind enough to drop off
donations and advocate for a better solution than merely herding them around.

Paris, France

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The city of romance hides a dark secret just a 10-minute train ride away. An area known as La
Courneuve has been labeled by the local police as a “no-go zone,” one of 150 that dot the
French landscape, mostly around Paris.

La Courneuve and other makeshift communities like it sprang up with a wave of Middle
Eastern and Roma immigration during the middle of the 20th century that authorities at the
time were too slow to deal with. As a result, the children of these people, and their children
after them, grew up as generally unrecognized citizens within their own country. This attitude
and the residents’ dissatisfaction with their living conditions have sparked massive riots
throughout the last decade.

Although the rage of their impoverished citizens has subsided for the most part, little has
changed within the worst parts of Paris. Since most residents have no hope of employment
due to a combination of racism and a lack of available jobs, they spend their days getting high
and outwitting corrupt police officers looking to arrest them so they can use the drug
themselves or resell them. The area is, as one resident put it, entirely gray. “The buildings are
gray. The people are gray. Everything is gray. It’s the same people, and there is nothing to do,
nothing to do. You wake up every morning looking for work. But why? There isn’t any.”

Hollywood, California

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In the place where dreams are made, some are forced to live in places straight of your worst
nightmare. Countless hopefuls flee to the city every year to make it big in the world of show
business, but maybe if they saw firsthand the living conditions of La-La Land’s less fortunate,
they would turn back in horror.

Famous for its Skid Row, Los Angeles now has more slums within Hollywood itself than its
more well-known cousin. They began to appear with the boom of the movie industry and only
grew worse from there, with the advent of “B-movies” and the pornography industry in the
1970s increasing the number of poor flocking to the city exponentially. Some buildings hold
hundreds of residents in conditions that seem unlivable. The usual parade of drugs,
prostitution, crime, and despair can be found within Hollywood’s worst areas, magnified by the
more unprincipled members of the film industry who seek to con those seeking a shot at
stardom out of their meager savings.

Although recent efforts by local residents have won some concessions in restoring grandeur to
the area, both city officials and residents agree that it is a losing battle. It seems that as soon
as one building is condemned or demolished, another springs up in its place. As thousands of
fame- and fortune-seekers come to the city unprepared every year, the stars in their eyes
overtake the plans in their head, leading to a problem that is growing like a cancer within one
of America’s most cherished national treasures.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates


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Dubai seemed like a miracle to most outsiders until the worldwide financial meltdown of 2008,
after which its ugly side was exposed for all to see. The city that boasts some of the world’s
most expensive buildings also houses some of the world’s worst slums.

Less than 1 percent of Dubai’s population is native-born, and many of these foreigners are
unable to legally obtain citizenship. In the government’s effort to retain some semblance of
cultural identity, laws that should apply to everyone are biased in favor of those who were born

As such, countless thousands of workers who came to the country for jobs found themselves
impoverished after the 2008 collapse, with no social safety net and no other recourse but to
settle in areas that the city would rather you didn’t know about. Although actual statistics on
some of the worst areas are hard to find due to government interference, pictures speak a
thousand words.

The sad fact is that most of modern Dubai was built from slave labor, mostly by immigrants
from Pakistan and India who came to the country for work only to end up in one of Dubai’s
well-hidden slums, or worse yet, the many labor camps that have popped up around
construction projects. These people are Dubai’s forgotten, left to fend for themselves in a city
where they remain unwelcome even though they helped construct it.

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MAN_DUDE • 4 years ago

Slums are just a part of most major cities.
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Joseph > MAN_DUDE • 4 years ago

That's very true.
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  Guest • 4 years ago

Vancouver's East side lol...well let me tell you..walked through there with my gf about 5
years ago and we got to see..
a guy with a needle in his forehead
a topless girl walking around like no big deal
two guys coming from behind a dumpster both with needles in their arms
and at least 3-4 people with crack pipes, smoking.

It's a damn concrete jungle there and should be avoided by anyone who isn't in to the same
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(including me!, easy to wind up there tho)

Tourist tip..
it connects right to nice parts of downtown so be wary where you are going, east hastings
is the spot to ..run
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DC > Guest • 4 years ago

I live in São Paulo, Brazil and slums are common here. But there is an area
downtown nicknamed Crackland (Cracolândia). It's close to the best music hall in
the city and some other attractions, so its not hard to wind up in there. I was driving
out of the music hall one night and made a mistake, entering one of the Crackland
streets. An army of zombie crackheads was completely blocking the street. I've
never seen anyone drive so fast on reverse like I did that night. Scary as hell.
Plus, I went to Vancouver last year and thought it was a lovely city. Never felt safer
walking in a big city. Didn't know about this East Side area, though. I'll keep that in
mind when I return.
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Guest > DC • 4 years ago

It's a really safe place as long as , like most big cities, you stick to the tourist
part of town. Pretty shady elsewhere
Check the murder rate for Surrey lol it's horrible
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King George > Guest • 4 years ago

Well im in the US Navy and Ive been to alot of places. We recently
went to Vancouver, while it is alot of shady drug shit going on on the
eastside, its not so dangerous. It is though probably for your average
touris, because its sooooo easy to run into. Its like on the edge of
wher all the locals are at night and the places that the tourist wanna
go to to party.
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Joseph > King George • 4 years ago

I've been to places where tourists "want to go to party" and than
realize they don't really want to be there. I guess I was a tourist there
too, but some people just don't know what they're getting themselves
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WME > Guest • 4 years ago
Yep, sometimes I think the people who rate Vancouver so highly as a
place to live really mean a great place to visit as a tourist. Or perhaps
they mean, like London, a great place to live if you have at least seven
figures in assets and no debt.
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Womb Raider > Guest • 4 years ago

Damn dude was shooting up in his forehead?!? He gets the junkee of the year
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Damn, dude was shooting up in his forehead?!? He gets the junkee of the year
award from me. I thought I knew some hardcore crack heads, but this one takes the
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Guest > Womb Raider • 4 years ago

lol i know dude it was fucked...
I was at a friends house about 7-8 years ago and we were alone when we fell
asleep, woke up and this girls in the room with a needle between her big
toe/2nd toe....creeped me right out haha turned out toi be her neighbour!
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Womb Raider > Guest • 4 years ago

Worse I ever seen was a woman addicted to crack blow a dog for a
$20 rock. It was really nasty! Dog looked like he really enjoyed it
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Guest > Womb Raider • 4 years ago

Ew dude that is really fuckin nasty lol I would have hit her I think !
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Womb Raider > Guest • 4 years ago

Being I was a teenager then, (I think it was around 96 or 97) I just
looked in amazement!
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someoneyoumightknow > Womb Raider • 4 years ago

How in the name of hell did you find yourself in that situation? lol
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Womb Raider > someoneyoumightknow • 4 years ago

I was hanging out with a childhood associate and he called himself
dabbling in drug dealing. He was a devilish character who did shady
shit! That's probably why he's doing 30 years in prison now.
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Joseph > Womb Raider • 4 years ago

You probably shouldn't be hanging out with a person you refer to as a
"childhood associate".
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Womb Raider > Joseph • 4 years ago

I was a teenager and he lived down the street from me. The 80's
South Georgia was basically segregated still.
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tchase98 > Womb Raider • 4 years ago

In the early 90's I worked for a major crack dealer in Florida as
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In the early 90 s I worked for a major crack dealer in Florida as
security and as someone who would find places to set up house for a
week or two at a time. The whole sex with dogs thing happened on a
regular basis. Only worked for a short time because I could feel my
humanity slipping from me. It's so easy to abuse power you wield over
people who have a problem with drugs. It makes you look at them as
less then human seeing them debase themselves just for a tiny sliver
of that rock. It's sad how low people can sink.
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percynjpn > Guest • 4 years ago

So what you mean is, it should be promoted as one of Vancouver's most fascinating
tourist spots; yes - I think you're on to something!
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Lily > Guest • 4 years ago

For the most part though, none of those people are actually harmful or "out to get"
you. My mother works as a mental health case worker down there and although it's
about a million miles from pleasant, and pretty scary, it's not very dangerous. The
crime rate may be high, but as for violent crimes it's not that much higher than the
rest of Vancouver. That being said when someone offers you a cigarette, don't take
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Guest > Lily • 4 years ago

agreed, just a sad sad place...Wish there was something that coudl be done
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360dgrs • 4 years ago

An industrialized society will always have slums. Some may be worst than the others but
still they are called slum.
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lbatfish > 360dgrs • 4 years ago

I think to some extent, "slum-dom" is a state of mind. I've lived in some houses
overseas and in bush Alaska that wouldn't compare very well to housing that some
people would call "slum dwellings", yet at those times and in those places, they still
compared fairly well to what some of my neighbors were living in.

For example, the trailer that I've been living in the past two years in north Georgia
  doesn't have hot water . . . but unlike my last house in the Philippines, it DOES have
RUNNING water. And that house in turn DID have electricity, while some earlier ones
didn't, and so on. It's all relative. I'm actually fairly content with what I'm living in,
and if I could just "beam" it -- Star-Trek-style -- to some new location (instead of
paying more than it's worth to get it moved), I'd happily do that.
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Whatisreal > lbatfish • 4 years ago

This is the story in London:
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And your right comparatively they aren't so bad. But they aren't living cheap,
as for the same price they're renting 'sheds with beds' they could easily
afford to rent a 3 or 4 bedroom house in a fairly nice area in North London..
But a lot of them are illegally here, so they are forced to shelter wherever
people will take them, thus the exploitation then occurs and it must be said a
lot of the time this is from their very own countrymen, whom are already well
established here.
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lonelydisco > lbatfish • 4 years ago

Hey, where are you, like, from?
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lbatfish > lonelydisco • 4 years ago

Started out in Wisconsin, but spent about half my adult life in Alaska
and the other half in the mid-to-western Pacific (mainly Micronesia,
but also Philippines and some other SE Asian countries). I'll probably
be returning there someday, but for the time being, I'll be staying in
the U.S. (for health-of-father reasons).
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Arjan Hut > lbatfish • 4 years ago

Good to see you, lbatfish!
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lbatfish > Arjan Hut • 4 years ago

Well, I'm "back" for only a short visit, possibly just today. After I get
relocated to wherever I end up at (probably southern New Mexico),
then I hope to resume being more active on a regular basis. Was
pleased to see that you and Andy West and Check (and others) are
still on-duty here. :-)
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Check > lbatfish • 4 years ago

There you are! Where've you been?
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lbatfish > Check • 4 years ago

  Off-line for a variety of different reasons (both techie and "real-life"),

most of which will hopefully be remedied over the next couple of
months. Hafa adai, and remember keep your head down during the
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lonelydisco > lbatfish • 4 years ago

Interesting. I can understand the move to the South Pacific, but,
Alaska? Alaska?
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lbatfish > lonelydisco • 4 years ago

LOL! "SOUTH Pacific"? If so, then I must be in South America now,
because I never crossed the equator to get from there to here. I guess
the North Pacific (most of which is "Micronesia") needs to get a better
PR agent! :-)

Alaska is actually a very cool place (yes, pun intended). I'd still be
living there if didn't need to live on an early-retirement-level income
("A great place to earn a paycheck, but a difficult place to make it
last"). Well . . . that reason with a dash of Sarah Palin tossed in -- up
until 2008, I never had any reason to be embarrassed about being
from there.

To get a better idea about about WHY Alaska is such a unique place
to live, check out Michener's "Alaska" and Joe McGuiness's "Going to
Extremes". The ending of Michener's book was very disappointing
("factual" in a thin sort of way, but taking bizarre real-life events and
making them sound typical), and Joe McGuiness (who could see
Sarah's house from HIS house) owes western Alaska residents an
apology for the slam that he did on them . . . but overall, both books
do a good job of explaining why "being an Alaskan" is usually a good
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lonelydisco > lbatfish • 4 years ago

A frozen American state surrounded completely by two other nations
is interesting. Not planning on checking it out (the cold ...), but, good
to know!

And, the Philippines and Micronesia are warm, and in the Pacific. That
was good enough for the old sailors back then.
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segue > lbatfish • 4 years ago

...slum-dom is a state of mind...

About 20 years ago I was working on a shoot deep in Mexico. A couple of

weeks of that time was in the beautiful colonial city of Zacatecas. The
residents are, for the large part, extremely poor, but I don't think I have ever
seen a group of people who seem to be happier, more serene. A lot of the
houses lack roofs or running water or electricity, but every home we were in
was clean and neat. The poorest of the poor lived in holes dug into the
mountain with facades constructed to hide the hole. There were entire
neighborhoods of these cave houses. The residents, at least all those I met
and interacted with, were happy. They kept themselves and their children
clean and neat. Their clothes, while obviously much worn, were always
pressed looking and neatly mended. On Sundays, entire neighborhoods
gathered in the square. Everyone brought food and set up tables. All the food
was shared. People played music, sang, played games with the children.
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Laughter and song and smiles were all around. It was obvious that no one felt
poor, so no one was poor. At least not in spirit.
Things may have changed in 20 years. I don't know. But those people left a
powerful impression on all of us.
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lbatfish > segue • 4 years ago

I saw a "happiness" survey a few weeks ago in which the rural
residents of most Central American counties scored quite highly
despite the poverty and such. The accompanying article cited a lot of
the same factors that you just mentioned. I'd also add that the families
that I've stayed with (nearly all of whom were lower-income) kept their
houses a lot tidier than I usually keep my own. :-)

There was also a great sense of "community" there than in most

places that I've lived in the states.
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Womb Raider > lbatfish • 4 years ago

I grew up in South Georgia and a lot of houseshad outhouses up until the
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Arjan Hut > 360dgrs • 4 years ago

The neighbourhood adjacent to where I live is the most impoverished hood in the
Netherlands and officially the worst place for a child to grow up in all of the country.
Still, it is very very far from what I or anyone else here would call a 'slum'.
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lbatfish • 4 years ago

The headline for #8 ("Colonias, Texas / Hidalgo County, New Mexico") had me wondering
how Hidalgo Country, New Mexico (in the southWESTern part of the state) somehow got
relocated to southEASTern New Mexico, in order to border Texas. Otherwise, I was thinking,
it must be a really HUGE shantytown in order to span the entire southern border of New

Not that huge, it turns out (after reading the links and also doing some Googling). There are
actually over two thousand locations designated as "colonias" along the U.S.-Mexico
border, mostly in Texas. This does include some areas in Hidalgo County, New Mexico, but
not nearly as many as in Dona Ana, Grant, Otero, or Catron counties, NM . . . or in Hidalgo
  Country, TEXAS, for that matter. Because the Texan Hidalgo County borders Starr Country
(the focus of the linked CNN article), possibly that's the "Hidalgo County" that the headline
should have been referring to?
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Micah Duke > lbatfish • 4 years ago

We had that a little confused -- fixed!

p.s. Good to see you back again.

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lbatfish > Micah Duke • 4 years ago

I see that you also fixed some of the minor errors in the text that got me
confused at first. Keep up the good work! :-)

BTW, this was the first time that I'd ever heard the term "colonias", even
though I'll likely be passing through or living near some in the near future. So
the search that this list set me out on was very timely.
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Womb Raider > lbatfish • 4 years ago

Where is Felix when you need him!
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Nathaniel A. > Womb Raider • 4 years ago

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El • 4 years ago
Welcome to The Dark Side!

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Luke > El • 4 years ago

I will never join you, you killed my Father!
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El > Luke • 4 years ago


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  El > El • 4 years ago

Damn you...Lucas!
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Lieutenant BaconWaffles > El • 2 years ago

Disney really is the ultimate Dark Lord.
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Andy West • 4 years ago

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Number one is an unexpected slum in an outrageous place. Dubai to me looks like hell on
earth, regardless of slum. If Ballard were alive today I'm sure he would presciently describe
its downfall.
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Whatisreal > Andy West • 4 years ago

I wasn't surprised to see Dubai here, and it's a similar story in Qatar.. It is
unbelievable that they are holding the World Cup there in 2022, it should be moved
but to do so would be openly admitting FIFA's incompetence..
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Andy West > Whatisreal • 4 years ago

Yes, I don't understand, FIFA regularly admits its incompetence, usually
without trying.
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