Sunday, September 29, 2013
Hong Kong: In Addition to Having the World's Most Expensive Retail Space, Many of Its Residents Live in "Cupboardlike" Cubicles
Have-Nots Squeezed and Stacked in Hong Kong. (The New York Times, 9/28/2013)
Excerpt: Twenty-two men live in this particular 450-square-foot apartment in the neighborhood of Mong Kok, in cubicles each hardly larger than a single bed, stacked above one another along two narrow passageways that end in a dank toilet and shower room.
Each cupboardlike cubicle has a sliding door, a small television, some shelves and a thin mattress. Most of the men have lived here for months, some for years.
Estimated number of people who live like this: More than 170,000.
In New York, rents are higher on the sunny side of the street. (9/25/2013)