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Old July 5th, 2012, 08:55 PM   #61
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Random historical buildings, very nice:

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Old October 24th, 2012, 08:30 PM   #62
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Believe me, it was extremely filthy. Yes it was the Tianjin old town but it didn't look any different than any other north China slum. There wasn't much unique, it simply was the area where Tianjin was founded, occupied at the time by crappy village type housing with filthy dirt tracks in between. Much better nowadays.
hard to trust a chinese opinion on it, seeing as how china flooded thousands of years of history with the three gorges dam (could have moved many of the important pieces... it's not like they couldn't afford it) and then you have most major cities so hell bent on demolishing as much as 'old' china as possible because new is always better right? lol
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Old January 15th, 2015, 01:38 AM   #63
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Kibera slum development programme

Coming back on the actual topic of this thread: Slum development programmes
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I found something very interesting on a Kenyan thread about the renewal plans of Kibera - one of the biggest slums of Africa

There a very different approach towards slums than the one mostly discussed in this forum and to me a far better one: The government took a new direction on Kibera after decades of criminalization and exclusion did not work, they went for a endogenous, gradual and inclusive development of housing and infrastructure. So instead of violently driving away the dwellers from the slum to the limits of Nairobi, destroying the year- or lifelong contacts and relations - their only (social) capital- they empowered and fostered the community by bringing volunteers, public employees and paid slum dwellers together to improve the local situation.

While volunteers and dwellers rebuilt or renovated house by house, the public sector took care of installing street lighting, public sanitation, health care and police offices. What I liked very much was that a bigger road was built on the site of a dead river and former wild landfill, instead of tearing down houses for it.
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Old January 15th, 2015, 01:53 AM   #64
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Sorry, I'd love to post sth, but unfortunately I cannot send links yet.
I'll come back as soon as I have my 10 posts :-)
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Old March 11th, 2015, 09:38 AM   #65
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I actually liked it a lot. So all this has gone? They were replaced by what? Boring towers far away from each other, separated by freeways?

Japan and Hong Kong has plenty of streets like those, and they're very interesting.
Japan has many narrow streets from old Chinese-style grid planning, but buildings are certainly not at that height, density, and close to the street.

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Tens of millions of Japanese live in streets very similar to those, and they're arguably the healthiest people on Earth. The last "pandemonium of blazes and death" there were registered in 1945.

They're indeed very interesting, very Asian. It's a shame they've gone, especially as they were replaced by hideous and boring towers. About the "danger", well, we all know you have a very very broad definition of it.
Places like that also exist in South America and other regions with fairly recent population explosions, so it's not really exclusive.
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Old July 25th, 2015, 02:08 AM   #66
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This is the Nanterre algerian slum west of Paris, the dome building behind it is right now in the middle of the La Défense area:


And this is what they were replaced with :

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Both are equality disturbing eye sores.
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Old July 25th, 2015, 02:10 AM   #67
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Manaus in Brazil
Is that because of the FIFA worldcup?
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