Monday, 28 July 2008

Living on the edge

Shanty towns are impoverished urban settlements where individuals and
families are forced to improvise their own dwellings, constructing
them out of materials such as plywood, corrugated metal and sheets of
plastic.
Grey, dirty zones without proper sanitation or public services, these
are often areas in which crime, suicide, drug use, and disease are
common. We tend to associate such illegal settlements with developing
nations, but the proximity of them to our own lives is brought home to
us in a fascinating and sobering photography exhibition at Museu
d'Història de la Ciutat in Barcelona. (Full story in printed edition)

3 comments:

Anonymous,  3 November 2008 at 09:56  

LIVING ON THE EDGE

In my opinion, this article is very sad, because the principal problem is the poverty.
In Barcelona there are quite a lot of neighbourhoods of these, where only there is poverty, drugs, and the houses are very badly.
The neighbourhoods that constitute these neighbourhoods of shacks are usually very careless and to the normal people they doesn’t like to approach.

Anonymous,  3 November 2008 at 09:56  

LIVING ON THE EDGE

In my opinion, this article is very sad, because the principal problem is the poverty.
In Barcelona there are quite a lot of neighbourhoods of these, where only there is poverty, drugs, and the houses are very badly.
The neighbourhoods that constitute these neighbourhoods of shacks are usually very careless and to the normal people they doesn’t like to approach.

Laura Pendergast,  3 November 2008 at 10:00  

That’s incredible, but in 2008 there are situations like these in the World, and when I say ”World” I’m not talking about a very distant country, no, I’m talking about our world, our everyday’s world; And looking my country I could say that we are living in the second Middle Age.
Lots of inmates in prisons and streets, people dying by hungry, winds of unlove flying across the air, too few rich persons and too many poor persons, wars and as you have said: People without home.
Well, humanity has discovered lots of medicines, man has walked on the moon and perhaps in some years we could go to the space to have our holidays, but that is just for 1%of world’s totally population.
So, people have improved their lifestyle or are we walking back ?Are we making this world a better place to live? My answer is No.