And the human sardine reaches unbelievable heights


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“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

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“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:

Red is the most concentrated

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?


About D.Dinius

I am big on education, animals, and nature. So following that sentence I think it's important to be smart and animals and nature bring clarity and a calmness to things. I am new to actually paying attention and having opinions. This has been building well for about the last year. :)

2 responses »

  1. You have to remember a lot of that land is used for farming, mining, forestry, or is protected for this or that reason.
    Also it’s about jobs. With many cultures becoming less dependent on agriculture, they tend to move to the cities where the jobs (blue and white collar) are located. This leads to urban sprawl as more and more families move closer to the cities. Thus, yes there is a lot of open land that could be used, but who wants to live there when nothing is around?

    Example, California gold rush and other mining towns setup in the “Wild West” period. A lot of those have became abandoned as the jobs left the area. The old Route 66 has a lot of abandoned towns. As people started using the much quicker Interstate, the jobs (tourism) dried up quickly and folks moved on.

  2. Thank you! See, there’s always something I haven’t thought of. 🙂 I guess we could also figure that some of it has been deemed as uninhabitable. I can see that people want to be where things are accessible. But there will continue to be areas with nothing if there continues to be no people there. Chicken or egg scenario I suppose. As much as I would love to protect nature from destruction that follows us, we also can’t live in a pile up either. 😦 It’s kinda crazy how one simple idea to make travel faster can effect whole towns like that. But it does make sense.

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