Traditionally, the poor in Karachi acquired housing on the outskirts of the city. With the rising cost of transportation and the difficulty of earining a livelihood on the periphry, the poor are increasingly driven to move closer to the city centre.
In the absence of government provided land on which they can build their homes, a new phenomenon is emerging. This is the informal, unplanned, densification of the inner city settlements through the building of high-rise apartment blocks, changing the social and physical environment of the city.
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