Tuesday, June 19, 2007

In 23 years, 2 billion people

will live in urban squatter or slum communities, without water or sanitation.

In an editorial, the Economic Times of India says that the huge influx of rural poor to cities has changed voting patterns, which are now divided along economic rather than caste lines.

It also said that legitimizing illegal land claims will only worsen the problem by encouraging more squatting, and that the government should instead offer affordable housing and increase economic opportunity in rural areas.

Experts say reformist social movements, religious crusades, drug gangs and fundamentalist militants such as Hamas have all emerged from slums, even as social and environmental problems deepen. Newsdesk.

The homeless in Edmonton's tent city have moved from a parking lot where they'd been set up before to a field across the street in order to avoid a confrontation with the police.

"We're just going to bide our time. I think we are pretty safe for the weekend," said Lorrie Neyrinck, who lives with her dog Corporal in one of the tents.

Neyrinck, who has been living in a tent for the last two months, believes the city should stop focusing on projects like the proposed hockey arena for downtown and put money towards homelessness.

"I think (Mayor Stephen) Mandel is wasting the money. He's making the rich richer and the poor poorer. He's worrying about beautifying the city. Why doesn't he come talk to us?" she said. Edmonton Sun.

In Cleveland, 20 homeless people tore down their tide encampment and moved out of the parking lot of a sports stadium, some going to shelters and others breaking into smaller encampments. "No shelters. No shelters," one tent city resident yelled Friday morning as church members and other advocates arrived in vans and trucks to help the remaining 10 or so move. Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Photo from Edmonton Sun.

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