Living on the edge: Urban renewal spells end of an era for the ‘black canal’ slum dwellers of Ho Chi Minh City

Published: 9/11/2018
Living on the edge: Urban renewal spells end of an era for the ‘black canal’ slum dwellers of Ho Chi Minh City
Source: WWW.SCMP.COM

On the banks of Ho Chi Minh City’s Xuyen Tam canal the houses come in many forms. Short or tall, pieced together from scraps of wood, or metal or plastic. Some tilt precariously over the polluted water’s edge. The makeshift homes are set to be demolished under long-promised government plans to redevelop the city’s “black canals” – nicknamed for the darkened hue

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