An aerial view of the slums along the Xuyen Tam canal in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: AFP

Living on the edge: Urban renewal spells end of an era for the ‘black canal’ slum dwellers of Ho Chi Minh City

  • Tens of thousands live illegally along the banks of the city’s serpentine waterways – nicknamed ‘black canals’ for the darkened hue of their waste-strewn waters
  • All remaining slums are slated to be demolished by 2020, as part of a massive renewal project that promises to replace polluted canal banks with Parisian-style riverside promenades
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An aerial view of the slums along the Xuyen Tam canal in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: AFP
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