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Vietnam, Hanoi. Real estate is precious in central Hanoi: narrow housing buildings along the Long Bien Bridge. Built after the Vietnamese Economic Reform in 1986, they are called 'Neo tube houses' to differentiate them from the traditional 'Tube houses' located mainly in the Old Quarter (built before and in the19th century). Hanoi, a 1,000-year-old city, capital of Vietnam, is one of the most densely populated urban habitats on the planet. Urbanization is occurring in unprecedented rates, the migration flow to the city center from other provinces is steadily increasing. Hanoi is chaotic, scooter-infested, crowded, lacking privacy (anything you can imagine happens on the sidewalk) and rapidly changing. The new generation sip cappuccinos and chat on cell phones and has no memory of the war and of chronic poverty. But Hanoi is also a destination for migrants from the countryside and Phuc Tan, one of the poorest areas is usually the first stop and thus the home of the 'Vietnamese Dream'.
- Susetta Bozzi
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