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Hard-task masters— Global

Preface

This is Monocle’s homage to the city workers charged with some of the toughest tasks in the world, from the nitty gritty of slum clearance in India, to dealing with Cairo’s rubbish problem and working in Taipei’s animal shelter. We tracked them down to hear their creative solutions to the challenges.

Cairo, Creative solutions, Los Angeles, Mumbai, Såo Paulo, Taipei, Urban planning

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Slums in Mumbai

Mukesh Mehta

Sorting out Mumbai’s sprawling slums is no easy task. The few new buildings that have been built under the government’s most recent scheme are already crumbling. Mukesh Mehta, rehabilitation consultant at Mumbai Slum Rehabilitation Authority, thinks he has the answer though – and building new homes is just one part of the solution.

Mumbai is an island city and as it grows – 13 million people at the last count – space is running out. Government and developers have cast their gaze on the low-rise sprawl of the slums,…

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