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Another series of these new high end communities is called
This image vs. reality was none more apparent than in many of the shopping malls, which by the way are everywhere. All the flashy products, displays, and glitz of the major brands and companies were in full force. But they were dead. It was note uncommon to see more staff and salespeople than actual customers. It was depressing. Everyone trying to sell you something, actually pleading to try and get you to buy stuff. Where were all the customers? How was anyone making money in these places? Are they waiting for the Olympics? Is
The ironic reality is that they have already come, but maybe not the ones they are banking on. But, I struggle to believe and understand that most Chinese are able to participate in this new life and image being created. The entire city is being built on the backs of the migrant workers, who still have no stake to any claim of what is taking place, and their only real form of housing is temporarily placed on the construction site they are working on, if they are lucky. Where does the new Chinese individual find their place in this context? I struggle to believe that all the new high rise housing being built will be affordable and accessible to those who need it the most. How long will many of these new buildings stay high end if they occupancy doesn’t increase? In the future will these buidings become obsolete as the market tanks? And then all those who can’t afford housing will take over such buildings? It is happening in Sao Paolo.