May 2, 2013
Photo by Martin Kurt Haglund
In the metropolitan area of Manila in the Philippines, affordable and adequate housing is extremely scarce for the urban poor. The city has the highest population density in the world, (110,000+ people per square mile), and 40% of its 21 million residents live below the poverty line. With those numbers, the impoverished often are forced into shantytowns and makeshift shelters.
But, according to a fascinating article and photo series published on Amusing Planet, some residents have come up with another option. Starting around 1950, poor Manilans began squatting in the North Cemetery, the oldest and largest in Metro Manila—and they’ve been transforming it into their own thriving alternative community. Click through for more.