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Rob:'I'm especially interested to see what happens with the big city slums. Will they gradually "upgrade", shrink.... something else?'

Such slums often serve a unique socio-economic purpose as a halfway house for rural manpower seeking urban opportunities. When they first move in, 'rock bottom' living is still far more than they can afford, so they grab whatever they can get. The ecosystem, however, is rich with contacts and information in terms of opportunities.

You'll be amazed at how much of a city's small industry often depends on slum labor and sweatshops. As do its domestic manpower and service sectors.

Another contributor is seasonal labor alternating between peak season urban production and harvest season farm work.

Despite having experienced some of the worst slums across Asia, I have to admit the Sao Pauolo experience was staggering. Until then I'd thought Asia was the bottom of the pit.
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