The great rural to urban migration

Robert Neuwirth, author of Shadow Cities, finds the world’s squatter sites — where a billion people now make their homes — to be thriving centers of ingenuity and innovation. He takes us on a tour.

Robert Neuwirth spent two years living in squatter cities on four continents to research his amazing book Shadow Cities. He captures the shantytowns where a billion people live now, and where three billion (a third of humanity) are expected to be living by 2050.

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