Struggling to cope with too many people

April 27, 2007 • Daily Email Recap

The article below represents a small part of what Bruce Sundquist indicates will be the overwhelming impact on developing country urban centers of the expected rural to urban migration of 4 billion people by mid century.


TWO years ago Zimbabwe’s muscular answer to the informal shacks and markets proliferating in its cities made headlines. About 700,000 people had their homes or stalls destroyed. Most are still waiting for the replacements that they were promised by the government. The Zambian government is now threatening to tackle the same problem in much the same way. Earlier this month, some illegal houses were razed in Lusaka, the capital, and officials have threatened to intensify the “cleanup” and extend it nationwide.

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