Cities: The Migrating Masses

When the gold mines gave out at Concepcion del Oro in central Mexico, Fidel Escalante, 56, did what hundreds of thousands of Latin Americans are doing each year: he packed his few belongings and set out to start life over again in the big city. But his new life is hardly better than the old one: occasionally he gets work as a bricklayer, and his home is a hovel in the "misery belt" of shantytowns that ring Mexico City. "I'd like to go back to my village," he says, "but there's no use talking about it. I'd just have...

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