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Santiago, the capital of Chile, is home to more than one-third of the country's total population of 15 million. Santiago's rapid growth is part of a national trend, but it is also a reflection of the large numbers of immigrants who are moving into the city.

Santiago's population growth has led to a horizontal expansion of the city, principally towards the south and southeast. Chilean urban scholars speak of this expansion as the "urban stain" that continually exceeds and expands the limits of the Metropolitan Region of Santiago (MRS) while incorporating previously rural areas into it. Characteristics of Santiago's urban sprawl are haphazard growth, low-density housing, poor transportation, and air pollution. In the time frame illustrated by these images, Santiago's population has nearly doubled.
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Anonymous said...

Parece increible , viendo estas fotos, que exista gente, "expertos", dentro del gobierno que sigan expandiendo el área urbana

UNEP Atlas said...

The English translation for the above comment:
"It seems incredible, seeing these photos, that there people, "experts" within the government to continue expanding urban areas"