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Coffin apartments in Hong Kong and one-room-families in LA

The world isn’t getting any bigger, but it’s population certainly is. And for many of its most condensed cities, its the poorest who must bear the brunt of a worsening battle for space. Pictured, clockwise from top left, a Hong Kong resident who lives in a ‘cage home’ and pays around the equivalent of $200 per month in rent for it; a woman and her son live in a 60-sq-ft ‘coffin’ apartment for around $600 per month; in South Korea, 73-year-old divorcee Kong Kyung-soon makes do with little more than six square feet in Seocho-gu, adjacent to the wealthy Gangnam suburb in Seoul; and In 2011, Tracy Burger, his wife Elizabeth and their son, were forced to move into the cramped one-room garage attached to the house of Elizabeth’s mother after losing their jobs during the 2009 financial crisis.

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‘On Tuesday, after acknowledging their failure in stemming the surge of homelessness in the city, municipal officials in Los Angeles, California took the drastic step of announcing they were declaring a “state of emergency.”

In Los Angeles, the homeless are everywhere.

From encampments in freeway underpasses, to the high-value streets of Venice, they live in clusters of tents, or under tarpaulins spread over shopping carts, in parking lots and neighborhoods from downtown’s skid row to Studio City and beyond, this is where the homeless live.

The announcement from Mayor Eric Garcetti and seven members of the City Council was powerful in that it resonated loudly in a city that has seen an 85 percent increase in the homeless in just two years.’

Read more: The third world side of the American dream: In Los Angeles, the 60,000 homeless are everywhere as municipal officials declare a ‘state of emergency’

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