Slums In The Slum

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Q.How the cities are losing their identities because of the proliferation in the slum dwellers?Possible Scenarios What are slums? Common names for slums Slum in Multiple Languages *The word “slum” is a loaded one, and its use is controversial. The Cities Alliance has chosen to use “slum” in order to bring a common vocabulary internationally to the issue and highlight the need to address the problem of slums. The word “slum” is often used to describe informal settlements within cities that have inadequate housing and squalid, miserable living conditions. They are often overcrowded, with many people crammed into very small living spaces. These settlements lack basic municipal services such as water, sanitation, waste collection, storm drainage, street lighting, paved sidewalks and roads for emergency access. Most also do not have easy access to schools, hospitals or public places for the community to gather. Many slums have been unserviced and unrecognised for long periods, over 20 years in some cities. Like all informal settlements, housing in slums is built on land that the occupant does not have a legal claim to and without any urban planning or adherence to zoning regulations. In addition, slums are often areas where many social indicators are on a downward slide; for example, crime and unemployment are on the rise. All slums are not the same, and some provide better living conditions than others. Likewise, slum dwellers are not a homogeneous population, but a diverse

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