Urban Sprawl

"The housing boom is a boom based on the fact that there is no real income apart from what goes on outside the country," Jeff Holman said. A quarter of El Salvador's 9 million citizens are estimated to live outside the country, primarily in the United States. They sent home $3.3 billion in remittances last year, and much of it was used by families to make down payments on new homes, particularly in coffee-rich western El Salvador. El Salvador has a density of 330 people per square kilometer, the highest of any country in the Americas and similar to Japan or Belgium. By comparison, nearby Costa Rica has 81 people per square kilometer. For a country that is already severely deforested, the construction boom is a looming environmental disaster."--Taken from an article in Reuters

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