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Living in Wonderland: Urban development and placemaking by David Twohig

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CASE STUDY: Slums and Our Cities – Dharavi Slum, Mumbai

Regardless of promises, necessary infrastructure is rarely properly considered by private developers trying to maximise returns and by authorities that are not sophisticated enough to know what is best.

Mumbai is home to approximately 200 slums, with more than 50% of its population living below the poverty line. The Mumbai slum at the forefront of everybody’s mind is Dharavi, the setting for the movie Slumdog Millionaire (2008). It is more famous in Mumbai because it occupies the city’s most valuable land, adjacent to the central business district (CBD).

Dharavi is a thriving community of industry, entrepreneurship and housing. Its central downtown location, beside the CBD and at the convergence ...

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