Private cities

Huge housing developments and cities that are mostly privately run are appearing now in India for the wealthy. They have their own police, electricity, and water. The residents say the government is no longer providing those services adequately, or even barely, so corporations are doing it for them instead.

While this NY Times profile seems aimed at showing the huge income disparities in India, the parallel to the US seems obvious. As States continue to hollow out, we will see more of this, and in the US too.

It all simultaneously seems unreal and unstable. Women and children are encouraged to stay inside the enclaves while shantytowns of workers for the wealthy live in abject poverty outside them.

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