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slum

a squalid section of a city, characterized by inferior living conditions and usually by overcrowding
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Slum

An overcrowded, dirty, neglected, unhygienic area of decaying buildings normally inhabited by economically disadvantaged people.
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slum

An area within a city characterized by deteriorated buildings, unsanitary conditions, and high population densities.
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Using newspapers such as the New York Times, the New York Age, the Chicago Tribune, and the Chicago Daily News, as well as official reports and proceedings, guides and information pamphlets on slumming, Heap provides an examination of the American underworld weighed from the perspective of "popular" print media and the records of slummers themselves.
In the chapter on "Captain Lobe's Dream," for example, Harkness describes a seasonal migration of London slummers who travel to the country in order to pick hops.
With a slumming gaze they regard him with the same curiosity and excitement of slummers longing for exoticism from Chinese in Chinatowns.
The Gardeners lived deliberately off the grid in a precarious oasis above the urban wasteland, growing their own organic food in rooftop gardens, generating their own electricity on Run-For-Your-Light treadmills, keeping beehives for honey, and making their own vinegar and soap, all of which they sold at farmers' markets to privileged slummers on weekend excursions from the compounds.
This certainly was the case for the "endless crowds of 'slummers'" (244) whose presence she records in a humorous anecdote in "Becoming Intimate with the Bohemians":