“according to Atlantic Cities, as one of the most densely populated places in the world (7 million souls on 423 square miles), it has rents a whopping 35 percent higher than New York City. Almost half of Hong Kong’s population lives in some kind of public housing, yet there’s a critical lack of it, and coupled with the deplorable conditions of some government-subsidized dwellings in a city where home prices are approaching $1,300 per square foot — means that affordable housing is a major flashpoint issue here.”
And let’s not forget the Tokyo article from 3/8/13
“Tokyo is another example of how far it can get; in an attempt to save money but still live in the heart of the city, some young people are choosing to pay hundreds of dollars per month for a tiny, box-sized room. According to Kotaku, a Japanese news program recently reported on one of Shibuya district’s “share houses” (or “geki-sema” in Japanese) where residents were paying up to ¥55,000 (US $586) to live in stacked, “coffin-like rooms” — suitable only if you use them for sleeping. Though heat and electricity are included, bathrooms are still shared and some of the units (if you can call them that) don’t even have a window.”
1. Can people still say that we’re not over populated? Now I had to look for a map. Here’s what I found: http://www.populationlabs.com/World_Population.asp
So why do we not spread out more? Why do we feel have have to do this? Is it, in a way, an attempt to save what nature is left on the planet? Buildings are always going taller and taller and we’re getting more and more people. Is this really the way to go? I think I’ve had my fill of tall buildings. They don’t sustain earthquakes anyway.
2. Do these people actually feel like they’re living in these places or just existing?