here’s a quick selection of shocking photos / google maps links to start the day. they all illustrate an extreme degree of wealth divide in different parts of the world.
1. paraisópolis favela, morumbi, sao paulo
(above: check out the size of the tennis courts in comparison to the size of the housing on the left)
the shantytown area in the photo is called paraisópolis favela, which bizarrely translates as ‘paradise city’.
you can see the area on google maps hither.
2. caracas, venezuela
caracas is the capital of venezuela – the shacks on the left are called ranchos and most of the hillsides in the area are inhabited by the poorer population (a whopping 80% of the entire population of caracas) in similar housing.
the area on google maps is shown below. map link here.
3. dharavi, mumbai
dharavi is one of the largest slums in the world, home to over 1 million people. due to the location of the slum, the ground below it is actually worth a huge amount of money and the government apparently has plans to transform the area in the near future.
below is the slum on google maps. direct link here.