Slums of the world


This is a video of the slums of South Bogota, Colombia.

From British daily The Morning Star:

The world’s slum crisis

(Sunday 19 August 2007)

Planet of Slums by Mike Davis

(Verso, £8.99)

IAN SINCLAIR is blown away by the stark statistics on the world’s slums contained in a gripping study of these ‘future war zones.’

AS Britain’s house prices continue to rise inexorably, it seems as if every other conversation that I have is about how difficult it is to get on the property ladder. But, while there is a real housing crisis in Britain today, Mike Davis’s Planet of Slums reminds us that our problems are minuscule compared to the majority of the world’s population.

In just over 200 pages, the renowned US urban theorist gives a detailed geopolitical overview of the Earth’s rising slum population, part of the wider process of urbanisation that Davis believes is “a watershed in human history, comparable to the Neolithic period or the industrial revolution.”

As with his previous books Buda’s Wagon and Late Victorian Holocausts, surveys of the history of the car bomb and colonial-era famines respectively, Davis references an astonishing number of sources, synthesising them into a complex but polemical study of his subject.

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