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2 Populations in 1975 as percentages of 1950 populations The slum and squatter settler has to step outside this international consumer-oriented society and find a livelihood in what has come to be known as "the informal sector" - menial tasks and enterprises which keep the city going but which provide the barest of incomes, just sufficient to stay alive. While the cost of living in the consumer-oriented society of the developing world is just the same as in North America or Europe, sometimes even more, the informal sector pays a worker less than $100 per month.

Travel routes in a city are limited by the layout of the city's streets and sidewalks. Many things influence people's choice of routes other than simple distance. One of these factors is travel time. Fig. 7 Map 1 shows a hypothetical American city with a population of nearly 60,000. A river flows from northeast to southwest through the city. Each letter represents the middle of a district in the city. The lines connecting the lettered points are important streets. Not all the streets in the city are shown.

But I don't imagine the route through Albany and Utica would have been any better. About the only other way I could have reached this country was to have gone down through the Cumberland Gap and then back north through Kentucky, but the distance would have been several hundreds of miles longer. Of course I admit I came pretty close to boarding a keelboat or a flatboat at Pittsburgh and continuing my trip west by floating down the Ohio River. River traffic, I hear, is increasing every year. Certainly I saw lots of settlers loading all their worldly goods on board and setting off.

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