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Urban problems are pollution air water soil rapid population growth growing poverty political impact of problems and unequal distribution of wealth Some cities are trying to get rid of these problems by doing projects Lima Peru for example has a self-help housing co-op where people were given a desert area to live on They slowly developed roads water electricity homes trees and gardens This project provided homes for over 20000 poor people Denmark also has co-housing projects These projects are about interaction with your neighbour They provide small affordable housing to families and they share community facilities such as workshops and play rooms The houses are situated to promote interaction around the courtyard area There are about 250 in Denmark In Adelaide Australia there is a Halifax eco-city project It uses barefoot architecture which means people are trained in basic architecture but dont know a lot This accommodated a population of 800 people in 350-400 units It was designed by the people who were going to live there They had biological treatment and recycling of water and sewage No thru-traffic They were close to public transit They had greenery on their balconies and roofs Solar panels for power and they used non-toxic building materials Another city named Curitiba in Brazil is also developing ways to get rid of pollution and urban problems They have the peoples needs at the heart of the plan They have a bus system that mimics Subway systems in large cities About 900000 people ride on it a day That is two thirds of the cities population They have low-pollution industrial zones For every tree you cut down in Curitiba you have to plant two more You also get fined if you cut down a tree without permission The residents trade garbage for food stamps Its called the food for trash exchange Residents swap six bags of garbage for one bag of food They also have a spectacular recycling system People
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