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Living in Slums

Residential Location Preferences in Santiago, Chile
Isabel Brain, Pablo Celhay, José Joaquín Prieto, and Francisco Sabatini, October 1, 2009

In Latin American cities, especially in the larger ones, location is critical for vulnerable groups. In Buenos Aires, the population of shantytowns in the central area doubled in the last inter-census period (1991–2001), even though total population declined by approximately 8 percent. In Rio de Janeiro during the same decade, the fastest growing informal settlements were those considered to be in the best locations, generally near the beach in middle- and upper-income neighborhoods, although they were already the most crowded and congested slums.