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a squalid section of a city, characterized by inferior living conditions and usually by overcrowding
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An overcrowded, dirty, neglected, unhygienic area of decaying buildings normally inhabited by economically disadvantaged people.
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An area within a city characterized by deteriorated buildings, unsanitary conditions, and high population densities.
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