Estimates have anywhere between 85,000 and 100,000 people living on the water. It's how they make their living. While the slum has its roots in the 19th century, it grew due to people collecting sand and dirt from the lagoon to sell to the city for use in urban development. Living in hastily thrown-together floating communities built on stilts, Makoko is kind of a preview of what parts of Miami and New Orleans will probably resemble after climate change does its final teabagging on coastal cities.
The city government isn't exactly thrilled with this DIY Waterworld. Makoko raises ire in particular because it's so centrally located. You see if flying into the airport or driving over Lagos' main bridge. They want to get rid of it, but instead of, say, helping the people get education, jobs, or housing, the government routinely sends in armed men -- most recently wielding machete -- to destroy the slum.
Apartments In Hong Kong Are Tiny Hell
Hong Kong is a world-class center for finance, and as such, it's a fabulously wealthy city. But despite whatever garbage fantasies some billionaire tried to sell you, economics don't really trickle down. A testament to that would be Hong Kong's poor living in rooms that are literally the size of a closet. If they can get a room at all.
Part of the problem is that there are simply not enough homes and apartments available to sustain the population. High demand plus low supply equals the rent being higher than in San Francisco, New York, and London, for which you get about half the space. Couple that with one in five people living in poverty and a minimum wage under $5 an hour, and Hong Kong produces housing conditions that make the basement apartment in Parasite look like a mansion.