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There are many reports and books written on the future of urban centres around the world Planet of the Slums written by Mike Davis is one of the many books written on this topic The morbid fascination of Daviss book is that it seeks to identify exactly how and why the majority of the worlds population is currently living in poverty oppressed dispossessed and starving the poor may always be with us but times change His research is based on quantitative statistics collected through many hours of research he focus so much on research that he offers no solutions to the current situation only the facts of it Davis provides the reader with a summary of what the urban future will look like and that is ones of overcrowding built by hand out of scrap metal and cardboard dominated mostly by radical Christianity and Islam Davis points out that in In 1950 there were 86 cities in the world with a population of more than one million by 2015 there will be at least 550 and For 10000 years urban societies have struggled against deadly accumulation of their own waste Davis 2 This state has not been helped by neoliberal capitalism since 1970 has multiplied Dickenss notorious slum by exponential powers Residents of slums while only 6 of the city population of the developed countries constitute a staggering 782 of urbanites in the least-developed countries Davis 11 This is bad news because the cities that Davis examines and describes are not the rich vibrant cultural centers beloved of Sunday-supplement dandies and middle-class flneurs but vast semi-urban developments horizontal spreads of unplanned squats and shantytowns unsightly dumps of humans and waste where child labour is the norm child prostitution is commonplace gangs and paramilitaries rule and there is no access to clean water or sanitation let alone to education or democratic institutions As evidence Davis points to Beiruts Quarantina to Santa
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